Chelsea Legend Drogba Retires From Professional Football

Didier Drogba has played his final professional football match to put an end to 20 years of playing football. The Illustrious former Ivory Coast striker has hung his boots after his current side Phoenix Rising, a club he partly owns lost a play-off match in the U.S Major League Soccer.

Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, he is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team . He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He was notorious for performing in big matches having scored 10 goals in 10 finals in different finals of competitions.

He has been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.

Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans , and signed his first professional contract aged 21. After finishing the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp , he moved to

Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third highest scorer in the 2003–04 season with 19 goals and helped the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.

Then he moved to Chelsea F.C in England for 24million pounds where he became a legend, scoring 226 league goals to be the highest ever goal scorer for the club. At Chelsea he won the premier league golden boot in 2006-2007 and 2009 -2010. He left Chelsea in 2012 to join Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super league spending just 8 months at the club before signing for Galatasaray of Turkey.

He remained in Galatasaray up until 2014 where he returned to Chelsea on a free transfer, signing a one-year contract. He then proceeded to Montreal Impact in North America and eventually Phoenix Rising. He later bought into the club and is now co-owner.

Didier played for and and captained Ivory Coast, scoring 130 goals for the team. He was African Footballer of the year in 2006 and 2009, and BBC African player of the year also in 2009.

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