A golden era of football comes to an end when former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba announced his retirement from professional football after a dazzling 20 years of career. The Ivorian, who scored 164 goals in 381 games during his time with Stamford Bridge, marked an iconic image in this generation with his amazing arts of playing football.
Drogba made his debut with France Ligue 2 club Le Man in 1997 where he developed his football skills, honing himself into a professional player and moved to Ligue 1 club Guingamp four years later. He continued with the French championships till 2003 and won the Ligue de Football Professionnel's Player of the Year while he was playing for Olympique de Marseille.
The 40-year-old playmaker, as one of the most influential players, on Wednesday took to Twitter to announce his retirement and sent thanking messages to his fans and supporters for “making his journey one of a kind.”
Drogba joined Chelsea in 2004 and played an imperative role for the Blues, helping them win the Champions League in 2012, four Premier League seasons, four FA Cup crowns, and there League Cup titles. He is known for his cheeky tactics as a goal scorer and provider, but the scoring an equalizer and the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final has been considered the best contribution in his career.
After departing Chelsea in 2012, Drogba had stints at Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray in 2013. He rejoined Chelsea in 2014 on a one-year contract after the return of former coach Jose Mourinho. In 2017, he moved to the United States and had been playing for Phoenix Rising for the last 18 months.
Drogba made his Ivory Coast debut in 2002 and had scored 55 goals from 85 caps. He helped his country qualify for its first ever World Cup in Germany in 2006.