Didier Drogba Chelsea and Coast legend his retirement from football

Didier Drogba Chelsea and Coast legend his retirement from football ,

The Ivory Coast striker, 40, had two spells at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games and winning

Ivory Coast and Chelsea great Didier Drogba announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 20-year career.

The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances over two spells with Chelsea, Drogba most recently played for

Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League , What a loss it would have been for the game, but it was a very real

prospect as he was studying the subject as a 20-year-old while a reserve for Le Mans , “It’s the best way to end,

helping some young talent to develop,” he said.“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have

met and made this journey one of a kind,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter. The veteran forward had been

expected to hang up his boots following the United Soccer League Cup final defeat to Louisville City earlier this

month.“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them

into a reality.”yet to make his professional debut. Injuries had threatened to derail his career before it had started,

and he would be 21 before he had even made his first professional appearance.Drogba won three Premier League

titles in his first eight years at Chelsea, including in each of his first two seasons in England,

In 2015, he joined Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact and then became player-owner of Phoenix Rising.”Tito

means ‘my friend’. My mum calls me this. She was young when she had me so I was a friend, a confidant,

Drogba played club football in six different countries in total, with the majority of his success coming in France and England.

Drogba played for Le Mans and Guingamp before joining Marseille, who he left for Chelsea in 2004 for a then club-record £24million deal,

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