On the auspicious day of his 40th birthday on last Sunday, Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba has reiterated that he wants to bring the curtain down on his playing career at the end of his upcoming campaign with Phoenix Rising.
Drogba described his desire to retire last November and after four months the ex-Ivory Coast international insisted he will push ahead with those plans.
Drogba currently plays for American club Phoenix Rising and is also a part-owner of USL side. He is due to take part in the 2018 USL season but on his birthday announced that he will then hang up his boots at the end of the season.
He told Telefoot:”It’s really a pleasure for me to play.”
“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.”
The African first made a name for himself in Ligue 1 with Guingamp and Marseille before moving to England with Chelsea where he received most of his coveted honours in two stints, winning four Premier League and Fa Cup titles along with a Champions League trophy. The player also spent two seasons with Turkish giants Galatasaray, winning League once and achieving Turkish Player of the year medal before moving to Chelsea in 2014-15.
But since the end of his second spell at Stamford Bridge, Drogba has been plying his trade in North America, representing Montreal Impact and then heading to second-tier side Rising in the USA.