Drogba dispels retirement reports: ‘The show goes on!’

Ivory Coast's former soccer player Didier Drogba addresses a news conference after the inauguration ceremony of a new school building constructed by the Didier Drogba Foundation at Pokou Kouamekro, Gagnoa, Ivory Coast, January 17, 2018.

Former skipper of Ivory Coast skipper and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, has hinted that he was not retiring as yet from the game that brought him global acclaim.

He has dispelled widely reported retirement from the game in a 36-second video posted on Twitter on Friday evening with the word, “Retirement???” The main actor in the video is heard saying “I’m not leaving … the show goes on, this is my home…” the actor added to much cheers and applause by his audience.

It remains to be seen whether Drogba is talking about staying in the game as an active player or in another capacity.

Reports this week said he had effectively hanged his boots and ended his glittering footballing career in defeat. A club he owns shares in, the Phoenix Rising, lost to Louisville City in the USL Cup final.

Drogba led out the Rising for what was to be his swansong in the final of U.S. football’s second tier. However, a second-half goal from Louisville’s Luke Spencer meant the Ivorian did not get to bow out with one last title.

The defeat marks the end of Drogba’s trophy-filled career – not so fast, the player now says. Main highlights of his time at Chelsea was scoring the equalizing and deciding penalty in Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich.

Drogba announced his plans to retire back in March, calling an end to a career that has also seen spells at Le Mans, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and the Montreal Impact.


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