Didier Drogba reveals retirement date

Didier Drogba reveals retirement date

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba says he will soon call time on his playing career after almost two decades of professional football with nine clubs across three continents.

The former Ivory Coast international currently plies his trade in the United Soccer League with Phoenix Rising FC, which he co-owns.

“I think next year will be my last season on the pitch,” the 39-year-old striker told French radio RMC.

“In life, you have to know when to stop. I need time for my other projects. Playing is great but at 39, I think I should pull the break.”

The former Marseille star revealed he would join a Major League Soccer franchise before 2020 as a coach or president, but did not give further details.

Drogba spent most of his career at Chelsea between 2004 and 2012 (2014-2014) scoring 164 goals in 254 appearances, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cup titles and one Uefa Champions Leagues.

He retired from Ivory Coast national team in 2014 but remains the Elephants top scorer with 65 goals.

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