Didier Drogba, the legendary Chelsea football star, has recently confirmed that he is retiring from football, ending his phenomenal two decades in the most popular sport in existence. The striker from Ivory Coast had two spells with Chelsea where he managed to score 164 goals in a total of 381 matches and managed to win the 2012 Champions League as well as four Premier Leagues.
He spent the last year and a half of his career with Phoenix Rising, a U.S football club that he also co-owns. “After two decades, I decided to bring my playing career to an end,” he told several news reporters earlier this week.
It’s been expected that Didier Drogba would retire following the Cup final in the United Soccer League earlier this month. His last game was against Louisville City where they, unfortunately, suffered a 0-1 defeat during the United State’s second tier final. “This is the perfect way to end, assisting young talent to further develop their game,” Drogba stated. To give back what I can is the perfect way to end my playing career as I learned a great deal from the game.”
Didier Drogba’s Career
Drogba only started playing top-flight football when he was 23 years old. He was initially signed by Guingamp, a famous French side, in January 2008 to play in the Ligue 2 Le Mans. Eighteen months later, he made a move to Marseille and a year after that he was transferred to Chelsea for a whopping £24 million where he experienced the best spell of his entire career.
Didier Drogba managed to win claim three Premier League titles during the first eight years while playing for Chelsea. During this time, he also won two League Cups and four FA Cups. He also managed to win the Premier League Golden Boot on both the 2009/10 season and the 2007/7 season.
He left Chelsea on an extremely high note as he scored the winning penalty during the final against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Thereafter, Drogba played with the Shanghai Shenhua for six months and 18 months with Galatasaray before he made his return to Chelsea. He managed to score seven goals during the 2014/15 season, allowing him to win his fourth Premier League title as well as his third League Cup. When he left Chelsea, he was considered the fourth highest scorer in the game all of time.
During 2015, Drogba decided to join Montreal Impact, a Major League Football side, followed by becoming a co-owner of the Phoenix Rising squad. Drogba also scored 65 goals in a total of 105 caps while playing for Ivory Coast and enjoyed 3 World Cups where he was also named the African Football Player of the Year on two occasions.
Saying Good-Bye To a Legend
Didier Drogba was a phenomenal football player that will always be remembered for his amazing skills and incredible goals for Chelsea. He will continue coaching young players going forward, giving back to the game that he loves so much.