Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba to retire

During his rich career, Drogba has played in Le Mans, Guingamp, Marseille, Chelsea, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, the Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.

Drogba, 39, is now plying his trade for Phoenix Rising in America's USL where he also owns a stake in the club, and reveals this season will be his last as a professional footballer.

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Drogba believes he has another season left in him, but after making his professional debut at Le Mans in 1998, the ex-Ivory Coast worldwide, who will turn 40 in March, acknowledged it will be his last. "There comes a time when you have to stop".

The USL season typically begins in March of each year.

"I need time for my other projects".

Drogba won four Premier League titles during his stint with Chelsea and won the Golden Boot on two occasions. "Playing is good, but at 39, it slows me down a bit".

Drogba has been playing for Phoenix since the turn of the year, where he has scored 10 times in his 14 appearances. The team were unfortunately eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in a penalty shootout after a Drogba goal - it was a big game, so of course Didier scored - saw them finish 1-1 in regulation and extra-time.

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