Drogba an­nounces re­tire­ment from foot­ball at end of the sea­son

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For­mer Chelsea striker Di­dier Drogba has an­nounced that he will re­tire from foot­ball at the end of the sea­son.

The 39-year-old front­man, who is cur­rently play­ing for Phoenix Ris­ing in Amer­ica’s USL, re­vealed this sea­son will be his last as a pro­fes­sional foot­baller.

Drogba told RMC Sport: “Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last sea­son. 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 nineyear 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.

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 holds the record for the most goals scored — 57 in 82 games — for the Ivory Coast, but it is his im­pact in English foot­ball for which he will be most fondly re­mem­bered.

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

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