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Didier Drogba retires from professional football after defeat in USL Cup final

Didier Drogba retires from professional football after defeat in USL Cup final

- Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has ended his football career after the final of U.S. second tier

- The 40-year-old Ivorian netted three times in three games to see Phoenix play in the final but bowed out in defeat

- Drogba claimed four Premier League titles, four English FA Cups, and one Turkish Super Lig silverware among other honours during his career

Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba ended his professional football career with a defeat after his club Phoenix Rising fell to Louisville City in the final game of the USL Cup.

According to a Sky Sport report, Drogba, who is a part owner of Rising could not save the second division side from a lone goal defeat after Louisville's Luke Spencer scored in the second stanza.

The Ivorian, who claimed various trophies while at the top of his career, including the leveler and the winning spot-kick in Chelsea’s 2012 Uefa Champions League win, had to bow out from the round leather game without a final silverware.

Didier Drogba retires from professional football after defeat in USL Cup final

Didier Drogba retires from professional football after defeat in USL Cup final

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At the last count, Drogba claimed four Premier League titles, four English FA Cups, and one Turkish Super Lig silverware.

Interestingly, the 40-year-old Drogba revealed plans to call it quits with professional football in March, a career that after has seen ply his trade with the likes of Le Mans, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and the Montreal Impact.

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Although, he netted three times in three games to see Phoenix play in the final, Drogba still has future plans to see the MLS outfit grow bigger in years to come.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Chelsea legends Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard congratulated former England captain John Terry over his retirement.

Didier Drogba retires from professional football after defeat in USL Cup final

Didier Drogba retires from professional football

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The 37-year-old took to social media on Sunday, October 7, to announce his retirement from football after over two decades in action.

During his 19-year reign at the Stamford Bridge, he won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and one Europa League among other domestic titles.

Didier Drogba also said while reflecting on the trophies they won together while also claiming his former captain owes him money for a bet.

He said on Instagram: "Congrats on your amazing career my captain. It was a pleasure playing and winning all these trophies with you.

"PS: you still haven’t paid me the bet we did years ago, so please do it before I tell all my followers."

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