Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has finally decided to hang up his boots after 20 years of his professional career.
The 40-year-old, who represented eight clubs in his senior career, has posted an emotional statement on his Instagram account as he announced his retirement.
The former Ivory Coast captain had two spells at Chelsea and led the West London side to 14 trophies including four Premier League titles.
The striker has spent the last four seasons in the Major League Soccer playing for Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.
The man for the big games, always showed up when it mattered. He is a beast, a legend, a king, thank you for your service to @ChelseaFC So lucky to have seen you play at the Bridge. @didierdrogba #CFC #Chelsea ⚽️🏆🙌👏🙏⭐️💙 pic.twitter.com/sY4dQMgLMq
— Lauren (@LaurenG2911) November 22, 2018
“1989 when or where it all started!!” it read.
“When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture can’t make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey as (sic) shaped me as a man.
“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into reality. #alwaysbelieve.”
“I wanna (sic) thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind!!!”
“Also a huuuuge thank you and love to my family, my personal team for supporting me all my career during all the ups and downs no matter what.”
“Looking forward to the next chapter and hoping God will bless me as much as he did for my football career. DD11”
Enjoy your retirement, @didierdrogba! 👑
💙Thank you for the many wonderful memories… pic.twitter.com/nd24vBsCkY
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 22, 2018
The Ivorian netted the winning penalty as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on the Champions League final as the Blues won the European trophy for the only time in their history in 2012.
Drogba, who currently co-owns Phoenix Rising, has started his professional career in 1998 with French side Le Mans.