After 20 years in the business, Didier Drogba has finally decided to call it time on his illustrious career.
A legend retires from football
The Blues legend Didier Drogba hangs up his boots from the beautiful game, after finishing as
runners-up with the Phoenix Suns in the USL Cup final against Louisville City. The Ivorian didn’t
manage to lift one last trophy at the very end of his career, but he’s still go down as one of the
greatest ever strikers in the history of the game.
But the news didn’t come as a surprise as he announced back in March that he would likely retire at
the end of the season, per online football betting in USA.
“It’s really a pleasure for me to play,” Drogba said as he celebrated turning 40 years of age in March.
“I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing – I like my role of owner-player a lot. I’m
surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them but this season is the
last. I’m 40, it’s time now.”
As to his future plans post-retirement, Drogba has hinted at returning to his former club Marseille
where he could join the boardroom in a directorial role of sorts.
“We’ll have to see what is offered. I’m always ready to help. In any case, Marseille are showing good
things this year. Rudi Garcia’s project is taking shape, they’re building a team with young players. It’s
excellent to stay in the top three with a team like that. As a fan, I have a lot of faith in them.”
Trophy cabinet has tons of the biggest silverware
Throughout his two-decade-long career, Drogba has plied his trade for a total of 8 clubs. He started
off in France’s second league (Ligue 2) with Le Mans in 1998 which proved to be a struggle for the
young Ivorian, as he struggled to find a consistent form although there were plenty of brilliant
displays of talent whenever he was in top shape.
During the 2001/02 campaign, he was sold to Guingamp in the top French division where he showed
his true worth in his 18 months there before sealing a move to Marseille. The Phocaeans (a name
Marseille is affectionately referred to by their fans) reached the final of the UEFA Cup (today’s
Europa League) in 2003/04 with Drogba in their side, who scored a whopping 33 goals across all
competitions that season.
Before switching to Chelsea – a club with whom he’s best associated with and where he actually
became a household name – Drogba has often said that he would like to return to Marseille some
time in the future, which is why his recent statements about ‘helping’ his former club in Ligue 1
make sense, per online football betting in France.
Having appeared in a total of 381 games for Chelsea over two separate stints and winning loads of
trophies in the process, the imposing striker will always be fondly remembered by the Stamford
Bridge support. He basically cemented his legacy as a Chelsea legend when he struck the winning
goal against Bayern’s Neuer at the Allianz Arena in 2012 that handed the Blues their first-ever
Champions League trophy.
On top of that he’s bagged an incredible 164 goals overall in nine seasons and guided Chelsea to four
Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three Football Cup triumphs and two Fa Community Shields. To
this day, fans on occasion still fly his banner over the Stamford Bridge crowd on matchdays, calling
him a legend.
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