Didier Drogba Announces Retirement from Football

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he is retiring from football at the end of this season after a glittering playing career.

Drogba, 39, is currently plying his trade for Phoenix Rising in America’s USL where he also owns a stake in the club, and reveals this season will be his last as a professional footballer.

The Ivorian remains one of Africa’s greatest ever footballers, and will be best remembered for his two spells at Stamford Bridge where he scored 164 goals in 381 appearances.

A true power-playing centre-forward, he won four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups and a memorable Uefa Champions League in 2012.


The Drog has spent the last three season in the MLS (Archive)

Drogba made the revelation in a chat with RMC Sport, saying that he’s got to the stage where he needs more time for other projects.

“Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season,” he said.

“At some point you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects.

“It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit,” he added.

Drogba has been in good form in the USL this term, scoring 10 times in his 14 appearances since the turn of the year, and will hope to finish on a high.

He left Chelsea in the summer of 2015 to move to America and spent two seasons with Montreal Impact in the MLS.

Apart from his trophy-laden spell at Chelsea, Drogba also has Turkish Super Lig, Super Cup and Turkish Cup honours to his name with Galatasaray.

The former Marseilles striker twice won the prestigious Caf African Footballer of the Year Award.

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