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

CHELSEA LEGEND Didier Drogba has announced that he is retiring from playing football.

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.

Speaking to RMC (h/t Ian Holyman of ESPN FC) the Ivorian icon said the next campaign with Phoenix Rising FC, where he is the player-owner, will be the last before he retires.

Drogba only signed for Phoenix in April and has scored 10 times in 14 appearances, bringing his career total to 296 goals in 677 appearances. The regular season concludes in mid-October, while the playoffs then run from the end of October until the middle of November.

The USL season typically begins in March of each year.

"At some point you have to stop".

During two spells at Stamford Bridge, Droga scored 164 goals and won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League. I need to have time for my other projects.

Drogba has also enjoyed spells at Marseille and Galatasaray before he ventured into Major League Soccer with Montreal Impact. "Playing is good, but at 39, it slows me a bit".



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