Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

The Ivory Coast legend has spent the last two years in America but revealed he plans to retire from football at the end of next season.

After leaving Montreal Impact following the end of the 2016 Major League Soccer season, Drogba, 39, became the first player-owner in the history of the game when he took over United Soccer League outfit Phoenix Rising FC in 2017.

Speaking to former French striker Christophe Dugarry on radio station RMC Sport, Drogba confirmed he felt the next campaign would be his last on the field as he looked towards "other projects".

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

'At some point you have to stop.

"I need time for my other projects".

"It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit", he added.

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The former Ivory Coast global enjoyed the best years of his career at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea and is sure to go down as one of the greatest ever players for the Blues.

During two spells at Stamford Bridge, Droga scored 164 goals and won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League.

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Didier Drogba celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in London, on March 10, 2012.

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