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Didier Drogba ready to retire in New Year

14 November 2017

And it won't be long before Didier Drogba joins the esteemed list.

Drogba, 39, is now plying his trade for Phoenix Rising in America's USL where he also owns a stake in the club, and reveals this season will be his last as a professional footballer.

Drogba's illustrious career, which has seen him win numerous individual and collective accolades since emerging from Le Mans' academy in 1998, now looks likely to be coming to an end exactly two decades on in 2018.

Speaking to RMC Sport about his future, Drogba said,"Ah, do you want a scoop? There comes a time when you have to stop", said Drogba.

"Now, was I part of the project when I wanted to come back?" Much like David Beckham is attempting in Miami.

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Drogba continued: "I need to have some time for my other projects. It's good to play, but at 39 [age] holds me back a bit".

Drogba joined second-tier Phoenix in 2017, after leaving Montreal Impact following the conclusion of the 2016 MLS season.

Chelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"John, I wouldn't say he's underrated because everyone appreciates how good he was but I think he's underrated on the ball, how good he was".

Chelsea fans honour club legend Didier Drogba with a banner at Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba ready to retire in New Year