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.

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1989 or where it all started!! 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 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 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 1989 Là où tout à commencé !! Quand je pense aux 20 dernières années de ma carrière professionnelle, regarder cette photo de ma première licence, ne peut que me rendre plus fier de ce que j’ai accompli en tant que joueur mais plus important encore, comment cette aventure à fait de moi l’homme que je suis aujourd’hui. Si quelqu’un vous dit un jour que vos rêves sont trop grands, acquiescez et travaillez plus dur plus intelligemment pour les rendre réalité!!!! J’aimerai remercier tous les joueurs, coachs, équipes, et supporters, que j’ai rencontré et ont fait de cette carrière un moment très spécial. Un grand merci du fond du cœur à toute ma famille, mon « équipe personnelle » de m’avoir soutenu durant toute ma carrière, dans les bons comme dans les mauvais moments. Hâte de démarrer le prochain chapitre en espérant que Dieu me bénisse une fois de plus comme il l’a fait pendant toute ma carrière 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 DD11 #Dunkerque #Abbeville #Tourcoing #Vannes #LevalloisPerret #Lemans #Guingamp #Marseille #Chelsea #Shanghai #istanbul #Montreal #phoenix @usldunkerqueofficiel @levalloisfootball @lemansfc.officiel @eaguingamp @olympiquedemarseille @chelseafc @shanghaishenhua @galatasaray @impactmontreal @phxrisingfc

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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.

“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”

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.

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