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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has officially confirmed his retirement as a footballer.

The 40-year-old former Ivory Coast international was massive in his time at Chelsea and scored 164 goals in 381 appearances in two combined spells with Chelsea.

Hw was also a highly decorated player in a Chelsea shirt as he helped Chelsea to win 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cup titles, 3 League Cup titles, and the elusive UEFA Champions League title in 2012.

He has been playing in the US this season with Phoenix Rising, a second-tier club which he also co-owns.

The retirement confirmation by Didier Drogba came on Wednesday evening when he posted a picture of his younger self on his social media accounts followed by the farewell message.

Drogba said: “When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture cant make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey has shaped me as a man.”

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“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into reality.”

“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind!!!

“Also a huuuuge thank you and love to my family, my personal team for supporting me all my career during the ups and downs no matter what.”

“Looking forward to the next chapter and hoping God will bless me as much as he did for my football career.”