16th December 2018
Drogba, One of Africa and Ivory Coast's Most Brilliant Football Stars, Retires Age 40!
By a press release (24/11/18)
World football will miss the services of a brilliant servant in Didier Drogba after he announced his sudden retirement from playing football.
"I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind," Chelsea and Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba said shortly following his announcement of retiring as a player. (Photo: New look Didier Drogba in America).
The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances in two spells at Stamford Bridge, helping them win the Premier League four times and the Champions League in 2012. He also won four FA Cups and three League Cup victories during his time in west London.
Drogba had most recently been playing in the USA with Phoenix Rising, the second-tier club at which he is a co-owner. He had been expected to announce his retirement following the United Soccer League Cup final defeat to Louisville City earlier this month and he has now taken to social media alongside pictures of himself as a young player to do just that.
"When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture can't make me more proud of what I've achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey has shaped me as a man," Drogba wrote. (Photo: Young Didier, standing 2nd right, and posing with the Premier League trophy in Chelsea).
"If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into reality. Also a huge thank you and love to my family, my personal team for supporting me all my career during the ups and downs no matter what. Looking forward to the next chapter and hoping God will bless me as much as he did for my football career," Drogba noted.
Drogba played for Le Mans and Guingamp before joining Marseille, who he left for Chelsea in 2004 for a then club-record £24m deal. He left Chelsea to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer of 2012, but six months later moved on to Galatasaray in Turkey before returning to Stamford Bridge for a brief spell in July 2014.
A move to MLS franchise Montreal Impact followed and Drogba stayed in the US to take up the role at Phoenix.
Courtesy: By Sky Sports News