Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has confirmed his retirement from playing, ending “an amazing 20 years”.
The 40-year-old 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 spent the last 18 months of his career with US side Phoenix Rising, the club he co-owns.
“After 20 years, I have decided to put an end to my playing career,” he told BBC World Service’s Sportshour.
Drogba played for Le Mans and Guingamp before joining Marseille, whom he left for Chelsea in 2004 for a then club-record fee of £24m.
He left Chelsea to join the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer of 2012, but six months later moved on to Galatasaray in Turkey before returning to Stamford Bridge in July 2014.