Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from playing professional football.
The 40-year-old enjoyed two spells with the Blues,making 254 Premier League appearances and scoring 104 goals.
Drogba was signed by Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, in the same summer as Jose Mourinho’s arrival, and helped the club win their first two Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06.
The following campaign Drogba scored 20 goals to win the first of two PL Golden Boots but the powerful striker enjoyed his most prolific season in 2009/10,when his 29 top-flight goals were instrumental in securing the Blues’ third PL title under Carlo Ancelotti.
The Ivory Coast international also helped Chelsea lift the UEFA Champions League trophy for the first time in 2012.
After spells in China with Shanghai Shenua and Turkey with Galatasaray, Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge to win his fourth PL title with the west Londoners, before finishing his career in MLS with Montreal Impact.
In addition to four Premier League winner’s medals andthe Champions League triumph,Drogba also won the FA Cup on four occasions and the League Cup three times.
Drogba is one of only 28 players to have scored a century of goals in the Premier League.
He retires as Chelsea’s second-highest Premier League goalscorer after Frank Lampard.