Chelsea legend Didier Drogba confirms retirement at 40

The best moments of Didier Drogba’s Chelsea career

The best moments of Didier Drogba’s Chelsea career

Drogba, who had been playing in the United States for Phoenix Rising, had two spells at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games having spearheaded the west London club's revival under owner Roman Abramovich.

He won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2006-07 and 2009-10, netting 104 times in the English top flight in total, and also scored a dramatic late equaliser when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final six years ago.

The Ivorian has now retired from playing at the age of 40 and revealed that he almost quit the Blues to return to Marseille after just one year in England, before a speech by Mourinho stopped him.

However, Drogba took to Twitter on Wednesday to post a message thanking fans, family and team-mates for helping guide his career.

In all the former Marseille striker ended up with four league titles with the Blues, that Champions League win and four FA Cup wins too. You have to look at all the managers who were at Manchester United the last few years.

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Drogba believes Mourinho has set an extremely high benchmark for success and, given his current plight at Manchester United, is being unfairly criticised.

'People only pay attention to the best and he's one of the best and that's why he gets all of this.

United are now going through their worst top-flight start to a campaign in 28 years and sit in eighth position, 12 points adrift of leaders City already.

But it is God who Drogba credits for the moment that will live with him for ever, saying: "I had some conversations with God on the pitch and that night I challenged Him and said "OK, if you really exist, now show me"". It's tough. After all, he's human.

Mourinho managed Chelsea to successive Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06.

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