Chelsea and Ivorian legend, Didier Drogba has confirmed reports of his retirement from the game of football.

Drogba, 40, has been playing for US club Phoenix Rising for the past 18 months, a club he co-owns. He told BBC World Service sports hour that he has retired after “an amazing 20 years”.

"After 20 years, I have decided to put an end to my playing career," he said.

"It’s the best way to end, helping some young talent to develop."

"To give something back to the game was the best way to finish as I have learned so much in the game."

Drogba was 23 when he signed his first top-flight football contract, after he was signed by French Ligue 1 club Guingamp from Ligue 2 Le Mans in January 2002.

He moved to Marseille 18 months later and was signed by Chelsea the next year for £24m. He spent 8 years in Chelsea and resigned for another year in 2014.

He attained superstar status in the London club after winning four English premier league titles, four FA cups, three league cups and one UEFA Champions league title. He has been voted as the greatest player in the clubs history by Chelsea fans. He also had spells in China, Turkey, Canada and the US before calling it quit.

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