Chelsea icon to retire next season

Didier Drogba has hinted he will hang up his boots from football next season

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

But none of his goals were as important as those scored in the 2012 Champions League Final against Bayern Munich.

The Blues had found themselves 1-0 down to the German giants thanks to an 83rd-minute goal from Thomas Muller.

It was Drogba’s last game for the club (until he returned two years later) and he marked the occasion with a brilliant equaliser five minutes later, heading in from a Juan Mata corner.

The goal sent the tense final into extra time and then penalties.

As if it was written in the cards, it was Drogba who stepped up to the penalty spot and easily found the back of the net to give Chelsea their first ever Champions League victory.

The Ivory Coast superstar – who currently plays for USL side Phoenix Rising – announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: “Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season.

“At some point you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects.

“It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit.”

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