Phoenix Rising's Didier Drogba set to retire from playing next year


World footballing icon Didier Drogba has announced he will be retiring from playing at the end of the current American season.

As well as being Phoenix's star player, the Ivorian is also an owner of the club, and it is his off-field ventures that the 39-year-old wants to concentrate on going forward.

Since then, he has gone on to win numerous cup finals for the Blues, most importantly the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

During his rich career, Drogba has played in Le Mans, Guingamp, Marseille, Chelsea, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, the Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising. Those important goals that he scored made him a fan favorite for Chelsea.

The Ivory Coast superstar - who now plays for USL side Phoenix Rising - announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

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Didier Drogba will finally hang up his boots in 2018 as he prepares to bring his 20-year professional career to an end, the former Chelsea striker has told RMC.

Drogba has been in good form in the USL this term, scoring 10 times in his 14 appearances since the turn of the year, and will hope to finish on a high.

"Now, was I part of the project when I wanted to come back?"

The Ivory Coast all-time top-scorer has repeatedly been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge in a non-playing capacity, it will be interesting to see how it pans out.