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Didier Drogba Confirms He Will Retire At The End Of The Season

Didier Drogba Confirms He Will Retire At The End Of The Season

As if scripted, it was Drogba who stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly found the back of the net to give Chelsea their first ever Champions League victory.

The former Ivory Coast global is still plying his trade at the age of 39, having become the first player-owner in the history of the game when he took over Phoenix Rising FC in 2017.

Drogba's illustrious career, which has seen him win numerous individual and collective accolades since emerging from Le Mans' academy in 1998, now looks likely to be coming to an end exactly two decades on in 2018.

Now with Phoenix Rising, Drogba told RMC: "What I am going to say about Marseille is sensitive and will be reported".

The 39-year-old powerhouse made over 380 appearances for Chelsea over two stints, scoring 157 goals.

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"At some point you have to stop".

It means that if Drogba, who scored nine times in 14 total appearances for Phoenix in 2017, will have at most one full year left as a professional player.

Since leaving Chelsea, Drogba has had brief spells with Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact and is now with Rising FC. I need to have time for my other projects. "Playing is good, but at 39, it slows me down a bit".

Chelsea fans honour club legend Didier Drogba with a banner at Stamford Bridge.


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