Ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba retires with defeat in USL Cup final

The former Ivorian and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has ended his glittering football career after defeat in USL Cup final.

The 40 years old, decided to hang his boots after his team, Phoenix Rising, which he part-owned lost to Louisville City in the USL Cup final.

The second-half goal from Louisville’s Luke Spencer meant the Ivorian did not get to bow out with one last title.

Before the final, Bakay told BBC World Service that Drogba would be moving into the boardroom after retires.

Writing on the Phoenix Rising website last month, Drogba had said:

“I joke with people that they need to give me the cup, so I can retire in peace. And that if I don’t get it, I’ll come back. But the truth is, this is my last season.”

Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 appearances during his first spell at Chelsea from 2004 to 2012, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Drogba announced his plans to retire back in March, calling an end to a career that has also seen spells at Le Mans, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and the Montreal Impact.

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