Didier Drogba who currently plays for Phoenix Rising in America’s USL, has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.
In an interview with RMC Sport, the 39 year old striker revealed that this season will be his last as a professional footballer
‘At some point you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects.’
The Ivorian made his name as a talismanic striker at Stamford Bridge, claiming 12 major trophies in a stunning nine-year stint for the west London club.
The former Blues marksman scored 164 goals in 381 games during a hugely successful period for the club.
While spearheading Chelsea’s potent front-line, he gained a reputation as one of the most powerful and dynamic strikers to ply his trade in England.
He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League across two spells at the club.
Drogba holds the record for the most goals scored — 57 in 82 games — for the Ivory Coast
1998–2002 Le Mans: 13
2002–2003 Guingamp: 20
2003–2004 Marseille: 31
2004–2012 & 2014–2015 Chelsea: 164
2012–2013 Shanghai Shenhua: 8
2013–2014 Galatasaray: 20
2015–2016 Montreal Impact: 23
2017– Phoenix Rising: 10
2002–2014 Ivory Coast: 57
Following his incredible stint at Stamford Bridge, the former Ivory Coast international enjoyed spells at Shanghai Shenua, Galatasaray and Monreal Impact before arriving in Phoenix.
He did, however, return to his former haunt for a swansong season in 2014-15, where he picked up the Premier League and League Cup trophies in his final season in England.
Drogba has been playing for Phoenix since April and has netted 10 times in his 14 appearances.