Chelsea legend Drogba retires from football aged 40

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed his retirement from football.

The 40-year-old, who most recently played in the United States for the Phoenix Rising, won four Premier League titles and the Champions League with the Blues.

He said on his official Instagram account: ‘When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture can’t make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey has shaped me as a man.’

The former Ivory Coast forward scored 164 goals in 381 appearances over two spells with Chelsea, helping them win the Premier League four times and the Champions League in 2012, as well as four FA Cup triumphs and three League Cup victories.

He added: ‘If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into reality.

‘I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind.

‘Also a huge thank you and love to my family, my personal team for supporting me all my career during the ups and downs no matter what.

‘Looking forward to the next chapter and hoping God will bless me as much as he did for my football career.’

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