Chelsea legend Didier Drogba reveals plans to retire from professional football in 2018

Didier Drogba won the Champions League for Chelsea

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Didier Drogba has revealed he is ready to retire from professional football in 2018.

The former Chelsea star is currently playing for United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising FC, who he also co-owns.

He turns 40 in March and has decided that next season, which starts in March and ends in November, will be his last.

He told RMC Sport: "Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season.

"At some point you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects."

It will bring an end to a glittering 20-year career in the game for Drogba, who established himself as one of the Premier League's best ever strikers with Chelsea.

During two spells at Stamford Bridge, Droga scored 164 goals and won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League.

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