Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he intends to retire from football at the end of the season. The Ivorian currently plays with Phoenix Rising FC in the United Soccer League.
Once Chelsea’s man for the big occasion, Didier Drogba has decided to call a day on his football career. After starting out at Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1, the Ivorian was brought to Stamford Bridge by the ‘special one’ Jose Mourinho.
Since then, he has gone on to win numerous cup finals for the Blues, most importantly the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Since leaving Chelsea, Drogba has had brief spells with Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact and is now with Rising FC.
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Didier Drogba’s next season will be his last
The 39-year-old played in the best years in terms of trophies for the Blues. He made 381 appearances for the London side and scored 164 goals in all competitions, with most of them coming in key fixtures. Those important goals that he scored made him a fan favorite for Chelsea.
Speaking to RMC Sport about his future, Drogba said,”Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season.”
Drogba further said,“At some point, you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects.” He further added, “It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit.”
Since the start 0f 2017, Drogba has been prolific for Phoenix, scoring 10 goals in 14 appearances so far and will look to end his career on a high with the Arizona-based club.
The Ivory Coast all-time top-scorer has repeatedly been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge in a non-playing capacity, it will be interesting to see how it pans out.
2017 has seen many legends of the game announce their retirement. The likes of Phillip Lahm, Francesco Totti, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and several other important legends of the game are going to bid farewell to the beautiful game. Drogba’s legacy as a big-match striker will remain untainted, he shall certainly be missed by not just Chelsea fans, but by the Neutrals as well.