Chelsea legend announces plans to retire in 2018

The 39-year-old, who is playing for Phoenix Rising in America's USL where he also owns a stake in the club, has revealed that he is to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

Drogba made the revelation in a chat with RMC Sport, saying that he's got to the stage where he needs more time for other projects.

He added, "At some point you have to stop". Last year, with one game a week, everything went well.

"I need time for my other projects".

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.

He will end his career having won the Champions League, four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups with Chelsea and the Turkish Super Lig with Galatasaray. The team were unfortunately eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in a penalty shootout after a Drogba goal - it was a big game, so of course Didier scored - saw them finish 1-1 in regulation and extra-time. Playing is good, but at 39, it slows me down a bit, "said Drogba, who hopes to join a Major League Soccer franchise by 2020 as a manager or coach".