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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

Following his incredible stint at Stamford Bridge, the former Ivory Coast global enjoyed spells at Shanghai Shenua, Galatasaray and Monreal Impact before arriving in Phoenix.

As well as being Phoenix's star player, the Ivorian is also an owner of the club, and it is his off-field ventures that the 39-year-old wants to concentrate on going forward. Last year, with one game a week, everything went well.

Drogba played over 350 games for Chelsea in two stints in west London, winning four Premier League titles and the Champions League with the club.

The striker won 12 trophies in two stints at Chelsea which saw him spend nine years at the club
The striker won 12 trophies in two stints at Chelsea which saw him spend nine years at the club

But despite a whiff of controversy surrounding the Chelsea owner, his record speaks for itself and this is something he reiterated to Drogba when the subject arose during their time together. I need to have time for my other projects'.

As if scripted, it was Drogba who stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly found the back of the net to give Chelsea their first ever Champions League victory.

He did, however, return to his former haunt for a swansong season in 2014-15, where he picked up the Premier League and League Cup trophies in his final season in England. Playing is good, but at 39, it slows me down a bit, "said Drogba, who hopes to join a Major League Soccer franchise by 2020 as a manager or coach".