Didier Drogba announces the date of his retirement

Drogba ready to retire in 2018

Didier Drogba announces the date of his retirement

The Ivory Coast superstar - who now plays for USL side Phoenix Rising - announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

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.

He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League across two spells at the club.

The former Ivory Coast global enjoyed the best years of his career at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea and is sure to go down as one of the greatest ever players for the Blues.

"Ah, do you want a scoop?"

'I think next year will be my last season, ' Drogba added. "There comes a time when you have to stop". I need to have some time for my other projects.

Last year, Drogba scored 9 goals in just 14 games for Phoenix while missing a good chunk of the season due to a groin injury.

As if scripted, it was Drogba who stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly found the back of the net to give Chelsea their first ever Champions League victory.

He left Chelsea in the summer of 2015 to move to America and spent two seasons with Montreal Impact in the MLS.

The former Marseilles striker twice won the prestigious Caf African Footballer of the Year Award.

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