- Striker Didier Drogba has decided to hang his boots in 2018
- The former Ivory Coast captain made his professional debut in 1998
- He won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012
- Drogba plays for Phoenix Rising FC which he co-owns
Former Chelsea and Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is ready to bring his illustrious football career to an end in 2018.
Drogba spent most of his successful period of his career at Chelsea winning four league titles, three League Cups, four FA cup titles and a Champions League title.
After leaving Montreal Impact following the end of the 2016 Major League Soccer season, Drogba became the first player-owner in the history of the game when he took over United Soccer League outfit Phoenix Rising FC in 2017.
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 381 appearances for Chelsea across two spells, scoring 164 times in the process.
Speaking to RMC Sport, Drogba said: "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."
He added: "It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit."
Drogba, who is reportedly aiming to follow in David Beckham's footsteps and attempt to launch his own MLS franchise.
Drogba has been playing for Phoenix since the turn of the year, where he has scored 10 times in his 14 appearances.
He left Chelsea in the summer of 2015 to move to America and spent two seasons with Montreal Impact in the MLS.
Drogba also has Turkish Super Lig, Super Cup and Turkish Cup honours to his name with Galatasaray.