Didier Drogba to retire at end of next USL season

Didier Drogba to retire at end of next USL season
Didier Drogba

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 12:30

Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba has revealed that he will hang up his boots at the end of the next United Soccer League (USL) season.

The 39-year-old former Elephants captain is currently player-owner of USL franchise Phoenix Rising and plans to see out the 2018 season, which will run from March to November.

Once that’s done, he’ll put more focus on his role as an owner, with the hope that Phoenix can gain entry into the prestigious Major Soccer League (MLS).

"Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season,” Drogba told RMC.

"At some point you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects."

He added: "I need time for my other projects. It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit."

The Ivorian also believes he has learned from friend and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who has a reputation for ruthlessness in his business dealings.

"Roman Abramovich always made the right decision, even when it was the most difficult decision. I think that is what I can learn from him.

"Not everything he has done has been popular, but it has always been for the benefit of Chelsea.

"He makes big decisions and he is brave. That is what I can do, sometimes take emotion out of the situation and do what is best."

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