Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba retires from football. The player has finally confirmed that he will indeed be ending his playing career as he took to social media to reaffirm his retirement.
The former Chelsea star announced earlier this year that he was set to step away from the game, but seemingly changed his mind in the days following the end of his USL campaign with Phoenix Rising.
However, Drogba took to Twitter on Wednesday to post a message thanking fans, family and team-mates for helping guide his career.
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) November 21, 2018
“When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture can’t make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey has shaped me as a man,” Drogba said.
“If anyone tells you that your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into reality. #alwaysbelieve”
Drogba’s final professional match was the USL Cup finale, a match that saw the Ivorian legend close his career on a bitter note with a 1-0 loss to Louisville City.
The 39-year-old forward has spent the last two seasons with Phoenix, where he is also a part owner, scoring 17 goals over his time in American soccer’s second division.