By Chineze Ogugua
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced he will retire in 2018.
Drogba joined United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising in April both as a player and a co-owner and is bidding to lead them to the MLS in 2020.
“I think next year will be my last season,” said the 39-year-old Ivory Coast stirker.
“You have to stop at some certain stage. I need more time on my other projects. Playing football is good, but I’m 39 now, and it slows me down a little bit.”
Didier Drogba is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He had an illustrious career at Chelsea, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time (104 goals in 254 appearances).
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