Mohamed Lamine “Momo” Sissoko Gillan is a Malian footballer. Born in France, he could have elected to play for France internationally, but chose instead to play for the country of his descent, Mali. A large, quick, combative, and physically strong central defensive midfielder, Sissoko excels as a ball winner, a role which allows him to support his more offensive midfield teammates defensively by laying off the ball to them after winning back possession. Due to his tenacious tackling, stamina, work-rate, and tacitcal intelligence, he has been compared to former French midfielder Patrick Vieira, also earning the nickname “La Piovra” (the octopus) during his time with Juventus, due to his long limbs and energetic style of play. In addition to his ball-winning abilities, and his physical and athletic attributes, he is also known for his powerful striking ability from distance.