Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba officially announced his retirement on Wednesday, thus closing the book on a stellar 20-plus year career.

The Ivorian most recently appeared for United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising in the USL Cup final against eventual winner Lousiville City.

The 40-year-old posted both an old picture and a short message where he thanked “all the players, managers, teams, and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind.”

Drogba started his professional career playing for French side Le Mans. After playing a few seasons there, he moved on to compete for both Guingamp and Marseille and soon won a few individual titles in the French top flight.

But it wasn’t until a move to Stamford Bridge that the Ivorian finally made a name for himself. Drogba helped the Blues win four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups, and a Champions League in 2011-12. He also won a number of individual awards, although he failed to collect a Ballon d’Or.

Drogba also competed for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in Chinese Super League, Galatasaray in the Süper LigMontrealntrael Impact in the MLS before moving down to Phoenix to play for the Rising.

Now with all that being said, Drogba will be most well-known for famously getting on his knees and begging his fellow countrymen to lay down their arms after earning a World Cup birth in 2005. A week after doing so, the Civil War that had gripped the nation ended in a cease-fire. It was a watershed moment that is still revered from everyone in the Western Africa nation.

We at the Game Changer Sports Network wish Drogba all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for the countless memories he has given us over the past two decades. We eagerly await what he will do next.


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