Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

Didier Drogba to retire at end of season

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he is retiring from football at the end of this season after a glittering playing career.

The Ivory Coast superstar - who now plays for USL side Phoenix Rising - announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

He made 381 appearances for the London side and scored 164 goals in all competitions, with a lot of them coming in key fixtures.

Speaking to RMC Sport about his future, Drogba said,"Ah, do you want a scoop?"

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"John, I wouldn't say he's underrated because everyone appreciates how good he was but I think he's underrated on the ball, how good he was. There comes a time when you have to stop", said Drogba, who is reportedly aiming to follow in David Beckham's footsteps and attempt to launch his own MLS franchise. I need to have time for my other projects. "It's good to play, but at 39 [age] holds me back a bit".

Provided Drogba does play into next year it means his professional senior career would have spanned an incredible 20 years.

A true power-playing centre-forward, he won four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups and a memorable Uefa Champions League in 2012.

After returning for a year in 2014, Drogba ended his time there having scored 164 goals in 381 games in total for the club and was voted as their best player of all time by fans in a poll five years ago.

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