Didier Drogba announces his retirement from professional football
After making his senior debut 20 years ago for Le Mans, Drogba has enjoyed success after success. His early promise at the aforementioned Le Mans and later at Guingamp saw him earn a big move to Marseille where he proved himself on the European stage in the UEFA Cup.
From there, Drogba made the move that made him famous across the globe as he was one of the first marquee signings by new Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. In his time at the West London club, Drogba became the 4th all time top scorer as well as scoring both in normal time and the crucial spot kick in the 2012 Champions League final which made Chelsea the Champions of Europe for the first and, so far, only time.
At Chelsea and beyond, Drogba established himself as a big game player. At Chelsea he scored 9 goals in finals and particularly his record against city rivals Arsenal will always make him a legend among Chelsea fans.
At international level, Drogba had the chance to represent France but was always insistent on playing for his beloved Ivory Coast. The one thing that always eluded Drogba was the Africa Cup of Nations, as he lost two finals on penalties against Egypt and Zambia respectively.
In spite of that, Drogba will always be considered a hero to Ivorians as he not only led them to their first, second and third World Cups, but also because he always showed compassion for the people of the country as can be seen in his famous message to lay down their weapons during their civil war.
While Drogba has spent the last few seasons out of the spotlight in the second tier in America with Phoenix Rising, his retirement signals the end of an era in football and he will be sorely msised by fans across the world.
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