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Didier Drogba announces the date of his retirement

14 November 2017

Francesco Totti, Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi to name a few.

Speaking to RMC (h/t Ian Holyman of ESPN FC) the Ivorian icon said the next campaign with Phoenix Rising FC, where he is the player-owner, will be the last before he retires.

Since the start 0f 2017, Drogba has been prolific for Phoenix, scoring 10 goals in 14 appearances so far and will look to end his career on a high with the Arizona-based club.

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"I always say Didier Drogba and John Terry [were my favourite to play alongside], for different reasons so it's like a double-headed answer really", Lampard told Copa90.

And Drogba, who lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy with Chelsea in 2012, has announced he will bring down the curtain on a 20-year career in the game. I need to have time for my other projects.

He left Chelsea in the summer of 2015 to move to America and spent two seasons with Montreal Impact in the MLS. "It's good to play, but at 39 [age] holds me back a bit".

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As if scripted, it was Drogba who stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly found the back of the net to give Chelsea their first ever Champions League victory.

Chelsea fans honour club legend Didier Drogba with a banner at Stamford Bridge. He scored nine goals in nine finals for the Stamford Bridge club.

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Didier Drogba announces the date of his retirement