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Another football icon to end his illustrous career

Didier Drogba
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In consideration with the French media RMS, the 39 years old Ivorian is reportedly ready to announce the end of his footballing career in 2018.

Currently playing for Phoenix in the MLS, the goal machine is on the verge to make retirement after a trophy laden career which saw him become one of the football greats and legend of his nation.

His lethality in front of goal is beyond any doubt to make him a ‘complete striker’ as he played over 300 football games for country and in club level.

Drogba achieved four premier league titles with Chelsea and similar number of FA Cups with two community shields, three league cups and one champions league title in a brawling career with Chelsea which actually defined his status in world football. He also won the Turkish league and cup title in his later years in Europe before sailing to America to be a part of Phoenix 11. Apart from that, he also showpiece many individual prize which contains a ligue player of the year, two times golden boot winner, one Turkish footballer of the year in club level and two times African player of the year (2006, 2009) and Ivory coast player of the year for his country. He also became the monstrous goal scorer in Chelsea’s forward line netting 104 times in 254 appearance earning the respect as the only African player to score the highest number of goals in the Premier league. Not only that, he is also the top scorer for his nation with 65 goals.

Born in Abidjan, Drogba moved to France at the age of five to live with his Uncle Michael Goba, who was also a professional footballer. He spent his early days over there and started playing in the local academy. After playing in youth team, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for ligue 2 side Le Mans and his signed his first contract aged 21. Moving to Guingamp, he managed 17 goals in 34 appearances for the club. After that Olympique Marseille came calling and he smothered 19 goals in his burst up to drive interest from big clubs.
English giants Chelsea eventually signed him in 2004 for a club record fee of 24M, making him the most expensive Ivorian and there was no looking back after that. His profound goal hungry attitude helped him present the club with its first English title after 50 years of waiting with three more to follow after that. He also became the first player in to score each of the four finals of the FA Cup each of which the blues won. Drogba also won his dream crown in the form of the Champions league in 2012 with an 88th minute equaliser and the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the final of the competition.

“I think next year will be my last season,” Drogba expressed his intention with media.

“You have to stop at some certain stage. I need more time on other projects.”

Drogba is aiming to be the co-owner of the MLS side to guide the club in the league by 2022 after he waves bye to all the glimmering fans of him.

“Playing football is good but I am 39 now and it slows me down a little bit.”

That also means world football will lost another great star after personalities like Philip Lahm, Andrea Pirlo, kaka and Xabi Alonso called theirs this year.