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Didier Drogba retires from international football
Côte d’Ivoire star Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football after 65 goals in 104 appearances.
36-year-old Ivorian legend Didier Drogba has decided to hang up his boots from international football.
Drogba scored 65 goals in 104 appearances for the Elephants. According to Infostrada Sports, only Egypt’s Hossam Hassan has scored more for an African country (68).
The hitman’s final game for the Elephants was the World Cup defeat to Greece, in a career that saw him feature in two African Cup of Nations finals and three World Cups.
Drogba issued a lengthy statement which read: “It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football.
“I am very proud to have been captain of this team for eight years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football taking part in three World Cups and two African Cup of Nations finals.
“I cannot convey enough thanks to the fans for the love and support during these years. All my goals, all my caps, all our victories are for you – I love you.
“I also owe much gratitude to my team-mates, the players with whom I have shared all these emotions and I wish you all much success for the future and a very warm welcome to the new manager.”
For all his achievements, Drogba will be disappointed by the failure to win an AFCON title despite his team having been favorites in each of the five he took part in.
A part of this is attributed to goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary who thwarted his dreams on two occasions, 2006 and 2008. Drogba would acknowledge this by proclaiming that the Egyptian was his toughest opponent ever in an interview with Chelsea magazine.