Chelsea legend has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season and what a career the former Blues star has had.
Since Chelsea’s incredible rise thanks to Roman Abramovich’s influence and power, there have been few players who have made such an impact for the Blues like the Champions League winning Chelsea legend. However, now despite the fact that he left Chelsea more than three odd years ago, Didier Drogba has finally announced his retirement.
The Chelsea legend who currently plays for Phoenix Rising in the MLS has announced that he will hang up his boots at the end of the current season. The prolific Ivorian international will be a part of the 2018 USL season but will draw the curtain on what has been an incredible career after that.
In an interview with Telefoot, Drogba went on to say “It’s really a pleasure for me to play. I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot. I’m surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them. But this season is the last. I’m 40, it’s time now.”
The Ivorian further added, addressing rumors about him going to his former club Marseille to take up a boardroom role there. “We’ll have to see what is offered. I’m always ready to help. In any case, Marseille are showing good things this year. Rudi Garcia’s project is taking shape, they’re building a team with young players. It’s excellent to stay in the top three with a team like that. As a fan, I have a lot of faith in them.”
— Nate Abaurrea (@NateAbaurrea) October 22, 2017
Forever a part of some of Chelsea’s most incredible teams, the Ivorian made his debut at the age of 20 for Le Mans then took a leeway at both Marseille and Guingamp before cementing his legacy in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. Over the course of two spells, a grand total of nine years, the striker went on to become one of the most loved Chelsea players.
Playing in over 380 games for the Blues, Didier Drogba went on to score 164 goals for Chelsea, terrifying the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and even Manchester United with his abilities. However, adding to that are the four Premier League titles, four FA Cup wins, a UEFA Champions League winning penalty and the trophy to go along with it.
Chelsea loved him and in the words of Garry Hayes in his article about Drogba, “His 10-man carriage to exit the pitch was fitting for a king; his sendoff from the Chelsea fans represents something a whole lot more.”
This is happening with just 28 mins gone in a PL match pic.twitter.com/JWzGnrQx6I
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) May 24, 2015
In an age of money hungry superstars, Didier Drogba was one of the last few players who played for the sheer love of the game, especially for Chelsea. While I personally never liked watching his name on the team-sheet given his goal-scoring prowess against Arsenal, I certainly respected him given his loyalty to Chelsea when others came calling and his humanitarian efforts for his country in times of need.