LONDON – Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has announced his retirement, after a 20-year career in football.
The Ivorian striker won four Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League with Chelsea.
Drogba had two different spells at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games before moving to the US-based Phoenix Rising.
He started his career at French side Le Mans in 1998, but only went on to play top-tier football until he was 23 after joining Guingamp in 2002.
He moved to French side Olympique Marseille in 2003 and was signed a year later to Chelsea.
Under then manager Jose Mourinho, Drogba now 40, helped the club win their first top-flight English title in 50 years in that season.
He earned 100 appearances for the Ivory Coast and was voted African footballer of the year twice.