Drogba announces plans to retire next year

Carla Harmon
November 15, 2017

World footballing icon Didier Drogba has announced he will be retiring from playing at the end of the current American season.

The 39-year-old - who scored some 164 goals over two spells with the Blues and helped them win the 2012 Champions League final - is now playing for American club Phoenix Rising in the second-tier United Soccer League, where he is a co-owner.

'I think next year will be my last season, ' Drogba added.

He won four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League.

He has been playing for Phoenix since April and has netted 10 times in his 14 appearances.

But despite a whiff of controversy surrounding the Chelsea owner, his record speaks for itself and this is something he reiterated to Drogba when the subject arose during their time together. At some point, we must stop, "said the former captain of Elephants on RMC".

The 39-year-old powerhouse made over 380 appearances for Chelsea over two stints, scoring 157 goals.

After returning for a year in 2014, Drogba ended his time there having scored 164 goals in 381 games in total for the club and was voted as their best player of all time by fans in a poll five years ago.

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