Former Chelsea forward, Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from football calling time on an illustrious 20-year career. The ivorian who had been lacing his boots for US-based began his career at French side Le Mans in 1998, but did not play top-tier football until he was 23 when he was signed by Guingamp in 2002.

He moved to Olympique de Marseille and Chelsea in 2003 and 2004 respectively.   He made more than 100 appearances for the Ivory Coast and was voted African footballer of the year twice. Speaking on his retirement, the 40 year-old told BBC.

“It’s the best way to end, helping some young talent to develop. To give something back to the game was the best way to finish as I have learned so much in the game.”

He also a picture of him as a youngster on his instagram page with a farewell message.

 He said: “When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture cant make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey has 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. “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 the ups and downs no matter what.

He was the first player to score 100 Premier League goals, the first player to score in four separate FA Cup finals. He retires with 19 career trophies in 679 games, scored 367goals, had 105 caps.