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Didier Drogba to retire from playing football

RETIRING: Didier Drogba

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

The 39-year-old former Chelsea striker has revealed that he is to hang up his boots at the end of the current season.

According to the Daily Mirror, Drogba made 381 appearances for Chelsea across two spells, scoring 164 times in the process.

He won four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Drogba said: "Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season.

"At some point you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects. It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit."

Drogba holds the record for the most goals scored — 57 in 82 games — for the Ivory Coast, but it is his impact in English football for which he will be most fondly remembered.

He has been playing for Phoenix since April and has netted 10 times in his 14 appearances.

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