Chelsea legend Didier Drogba retires


Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from football.

During two spells with Chelsea, Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances and won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012.

He also helped the blues win four FA Cups and three League Cup titles.

Drogba won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2006-07 and 2009-10.

The 40-year-old had been playing with second tier US side Phoenix Rising, a club he co-owns, when he announced he would be retiring.

He said on his social media: “When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture cant make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey has shaped me as a man.

“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into reality. #alwaysbelieve

“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind!!!

“Also a huuuuge thank you and love to my family, my personal team for supporting me all my career during the ups and downs no matter what. Looking forward to the next chapter and hoping God will bless me as much as he did for my football career.”

Drogba played in three World Cups representing the Ivory Coast and was named the African Player of the year twice.

He began his career with French side Le Mans. After spending 18months with Guingamp he moved to Marseilles, helping them reach the UEFA Cup Final in 2004.

He was signed by Chelsea that summer for a reported £24m.

After leaving Chelsea in 2012 he had spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray before resigning for Chelsea in 2014 for one season.

He joined MLS side Montreal Impact in 2015 before moving to Phoenix Rising.