Chelsea legend Didier Drogba to retire

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has suggested that he is likely to call time on his illustrious playing career in just 12 months' time when the 2018 United Soccer League season concludes next November.

The Ivory Coast superstar - who now plays for USL side Phoenix Rising - announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

The 2012 Champions League victor 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. Last year, with one game a week, everything went well. "There comes a time when you have to stop". I need to have time for my other projects.

The 39-year-old powerhouse made over 380 appearances for Chelsea over two stints, scoring 157 goals.

Playing against Bayern Munich at their own Allianz Arena, he scored the winning penalty in the Stamford Bridge side's 4-3 shoot-out victory after getting their equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

The four-time Premier League champion scored nine goals in his first season with Phoenix Rising as they finished fifth in the Western Conference.

Drogba has also enjoyed spells at Marseille and Galatasaray before he ventured into Major League Soccer with Montreal Impact.