Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has recently announced that his plan is to retire when the next campaign is over for Phoenix Rising, his current USA football team.
He will be helping his team the next season as well, but as soon as it comes to an end, he will be hanging his boots. Drogba has spent more than two decades playing professional football and following his recent 40th birthday, he thinks this might be the right time to leave the game.
“It’s really a pleasure for me to play,” Drogba admitted, according to Goal.
“I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot. I’m surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them. But this season is the last. I’m 40, it’s time now.”
He first joined Le Mans at the age of 20, back in 1998. After short contracts with both Guingamp and Marseille, he eventually departed to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window in 2004. For his stay there, he was able to help Chelsea win the Premier League four times and the Champions League once with more than 150 scored goals for the Blues.