Drogba announces plans to retire next year

Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba is escorted by police officers upon his arrival at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai in June 2012. Drogba signed with Chinese soccer club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-year contract that reportedly made him China's hig

Didier Drogba Announces Retirement from Football

His initial stay in London coincided with one of the most successful periods in Chelsea's history, during which they also won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups.

Drogba, 39, is now plying his trade for Phoenix Rising in America's USL where he also owns a stake in the club, and reveals this season will be his last as a professional footballer.

In an exclusive scoop to RMC's Team Duga podcast, world football legend Didier Drogba has revealed his plans to retire at the end of next season - i.e.at the end of the 2018 USL season, after finishing his second season as player-part-owner for Phoenix Rising FC in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 39-year-old powerhouse made over 380 appearances for Chelsea over two stints, scoring 157 goals. "There comes a time when you have to stop", said Drogba, who is reportedly aiming to follow in David Beckham's footsteps and attempt to launch his own MLS franchise.

"I think next year will be my last season", he admitted.

Didier Drogba Announces Retirement from Football
Chelsea legend reveals he will retire from football at the end of next season

He has been playing for Phoenix since April and has netted 10 times in his 14 appearances.

Drogba has also enjoyed spells at Marseille and Galatasaray before he ventured into Major League Soccer with Montreal Impact.

"I need time for my other projects".

The former Marseilles striker twice won the prestigious Caf African Footballer of the Year Award.

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