Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he is set to retire at the end of the upcoming season with Phoenix Rising.
Drogba revealed the time is right to walk away after more than two decades in the game.
“It’s really a pleasure for me to play,” Drogba told Telefoot.
“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.”
Drogba made his debut for Le Mans at the age of 20 in 1998 before spells with Guingamp and Marseille.
Drogba joined Chelsea for £24 million in the summer of 2004, winning four Premier League titles and the Champions League over two spells at Chelsea.