African football: Didier Drogba calls time on football

African football: Didier Drogba calls time on football

Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, has finally retired from the game after a career that lasted 20 years. Drogba made the announcement to call it quits on his glowing career through his official social media account.

“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind,” he tweeted.

The 40-year-old, who made 381 appearances for English Premier League side, Chelsea, scoring 164 goals, also took time to reflect on how it all started, while reserving praise for his family.

“[In] 1989 when or where it started, when I think of the last 20 years of my career, this picture can’t make me more proud of what I have achieved as a player,” he added.

“A huge thank you and love to my family, personal team for supporting me during all my ups and downs.”

The former Marseille star won four PL titles, four FA Cups, and one Champions League during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba, who is Ivory Coast’s all-time leading scorer with 65goals, was until his retirement starring for MLS side, Phoenix and played his last game for them in their 1-0 loss to Louisville City in the USL Cup final.

He is Ivory Coast’s record appearance holder with 104 caps.

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