Posted: 13 March 2018
Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has announced he will retire from professional football at the end of the 2018 United Soccer League season.
Drogba, 40, is currently a player-owner for USL side Phoenix Rising and is in his third year in US football after arriving at Montreal Impact in 2015.
The two-time African Player of the Year winner puts an end to a career that began in 1998, at French club Le Mans but will be remembered for his iconic nine-seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea.
The Elephants all-time record scorer won 13 major titles in his two separate spells at Stamford Bridge and leaves a legacy as the top African goalscorer in both the English top-flight and the UEFA Champions League.
“It’s really a pleasure for me to play. I started late at the top level,” he told Telefoot. “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.”
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 2018-03-13 09:34:01