DIDIER Drogba will finally hang
up his boots in 2018 as he prepares
to bring his 20-year professional
career to an end, the former Chelsea
striker has told RMC.
After leaving Montreal Impact
following the end of the 2016 Major
League Soccer season, Drogba, 39,
became the first player-owner in
the history of the game when he
took over United Soccer League
outfit Phoenix Rising FC in 2017.
The 2012 Champions League
winner scored 10 goals in 14
regular season games to help his
franchise into the USL playoffs,
where they lost to eventual
championship runners-up Swope
Park Rangers.
Drogba believes he has another
season left in him, but after
making his professional debut
at Le Mans in 1998, the ex-Ivory
Coast international, who will turn
40 in March, acknowledged it will
be his last.
“I think next year will be my last
season. There comes a time when
you have to stop,” said Drogba,
who is reportedly aiming to follow
in David Beckham’s footsteps and
attempt to launch his own MLS
franchise.
“I need time for my other projects.
It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds
me back a bit.”

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