Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from football on Wednesday evening.
Drogba’s 20-year career that saw him emerge as one of the greatest strikers in his generation has now come to an end, as he hangs his boot at age 40.
The Ivorian started out his career in French side Le Mans in 1998, before joining Guingamp and then Marseille. He then had his most successful era in Chelsea before moving on to China and Turkey after he had won the Champions League with Chelsea, and he returned to Chelsea for his second spell which ended with him winning the Premier League for the fourth time. He finished his career as player-owner of American outfit Pheonix Rising.
Drogba won 11 major trophies with the Blues, and will forever be remembered as the hero in Munich when Chelsea won the Champions League title in 2014.
In two spells at the club, Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances to cement his place as the club’s fourth all-time highest scorer.
Drogba was indeed the man for the big occasion at Chelsea and scored nine goals in nine finals for the club.
Drogba ended his career as a Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, and indeed a football legend.
See some of the tributes that have poured in for this great player.
Frank Lampard, who is now manager at Derby County, said about Drogba: “He’s one of the greatest that I’ve played with.
“He’s a monster in the dressing room.”