Chelsea legend Didier Drogba to retire at end of season

Joann Johnston
November 14, 2017

Apart from his trophy-laden spell at Chelsea, Drogba also has Turkish Super Lig, Super Cup and Turkish Cup honours to his name with Galatasaray.

The 39-year-old Ivory Coast superstar has been playing for American side Phoenix Rising, who play in the USL.

Drogba made the revelation in a chat with RMC Sport, saying that he's got to the stage where he needs more time for other projects.

"I always say Didier Drogba and John Terry [were my favourite to play alongside], for different reasons so it's like a double-headed answer really", Lampard told Copa90.

"At some point you have to stop". I need to have time for my other projects.

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"It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit", he added. The Ivorian has confirmed that he will hang up his boots for good after the next season with Phoenix Rising, the club he is also part-owner of.

Drogba spent the 2016-17 season in the MLS with Montreal Impact.

It was Drogba's last game for the club (until he returned two years later) and he marked the occasion with a brilliant equaliser five minutes later, heading in from a Juan Mata corner.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has suggested that he is likely to call time on his illustrious playing career in just 12 months' time when the 2018 United Soccer League season concludes next November. A club record £24 million signing from Marseille in 2004, he went on to score a total of 164 goals for the Blues - 157 coming in his first stint, before he notched seven in his return to Stamford Bridge in 2014.

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