Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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

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

He did, however, return to his former haunt for a swansong season in 2014-15, where he picked up the Premier League and League Cup trophies in his final season in England.

Didier Drogba who now plays for Phoenix Rising in America's USL, has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.

Drogba is a player but also the co-owner of Phoenix, a club playing in the USL, the 2nd American Division. "I think next year will be my last season", Drogba told RMC Sport.

But despite a whiff of controversy surrounding the Chelsea owner, his record speaks for itself and this is something he reiterated to Drogba when the subject arose during their time together.

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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.

"At some point you have to stop. It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit".

The 39-year-old powerhouse made over 380 appearances for Chelsea over two stints, scoring 157 goals.

He left Chelsea in the summer of 2015 to move to America and spent two seasons with Montreal Impact in the MLS. It looks as though Drogba will end his career playing in the United Soccer League before he looks ahead to "other projects".

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