Didier Drogba is undoubtedly one of the greatest African players of his generation.  On the International front, he was the centre piece of the golden generation of Ivorian players alongside the Toure brothers. Chelsea fans will forever hold him dear for his bullying of Phillipe Senderos and Arsenal, the league titles he helped deliver and perhaps his clutchest moment- the 2012 Champions League Final.

As his career has entered its twilight stage, he’s made the move to American United Soccer League (USL) club, Phoenix Rising – a club in which he has an ownership stake in.

After turning 40 on Sunday, Mr. Drogba has announced that the current season will be his last, as a player. Speaking to Telefoot, he said

It’s really a pleasure for me to play. I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot. I’m surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them. But this season is the last. I’m 40, it’s time now.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes next.