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Didier Drogba announces retirement at end of 2018 season

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and Côte d’Ivoire legend has announced his intentions to retire after the 2018 season. 

After leaving Chelsea at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Drogba moved to MLS and played for Impact de Montréal for two seasons. He scored 21 goals in 38 appearances for the Canadian side.

He then moved to the USL with Phoenix Rising, where he is also a part owner. He scored 10 goals in his 14 appearances for the Arizona side in 2017.

Over his two spells with Chelsea, Didier Drogba made 381 appearances and scored 164 goals. He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, and the UEFA Champions League in 2011-2012.

Besides his titles with Chelsea, he also has a Süper Lig, TFF Süper Kupa, and Türkiye Kupası to his name from his time with Turkish side .

For country, Drogba played a part in Côte d’Ivoire’s first ever appearance in the World Cup in 2006. He appeared for The Elephants over 100 times before retiring in 2014. Drogba is the historical top scorer for Côte d’Ivoire with 65 goals.

“Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season,” Drogba revealed to RMC Sport.

“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,” Drogba concluded.

Drogba also won many personal titles including BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2009 and CAF African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009.

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