Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he is retiring from the beautiful game of football.
Ivory Coast international who is currently playing for Phoenix Rising in America's USL where he also owns a stake in the club has revealed that he is to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.
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Speaking to RMC Sport, Drogba said: "Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season.
"At some point, you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects." He added: "It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit."
Two-time African Footballer of the Year Drogba made his name as a talismanic striker at Stamford Bridge, claiming 12 major trophies in a stunning nine-year stint for the west London club where he won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League across two spells at the club.
Drogba made 381 appearances for Chelsea in two spells, scoring 164 times in the process also all-time leading goalscorer with 57 goals in 82 games for Ivory Coast.
The Blues legend also played for Le Mans, Guingamp, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising