Chelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier League - Reuters / Dylan Martinez
CAIRO – 14 November 2017: Chelsea’s former striker Didier Drogba has revealed his intention to retire from football next year, putting an end to his career.
Drogba is currently playing with the Phoenix Rising Club, which he moved to this year from Canada's Montreal Impact.
Speaking to RMC Sport, Drogba said, "Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season.”
He added, "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."
In 2006, Ivory Coast legend Drogba led his country to the World Cup in Germany for the first time in their history. Drogba was Ivory Coast’s best player in the qualifiers and his 11 goals played a great role in his team’s performance.
He participated in 104 meetings, scored 65 goals with the national team and retired from international duty after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Drogba currently plays for Phoenix Rising FC, where he scored seven goals and assisted in two others in 12 games.