PHOTO: Chelsea legend retires from international football

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football today, with a post on social media site, Instagram.

Didier Drogba has announced his retirement for international football by posting a picture and a message on social media site Twitter.

The picture, which can be seen above, features some of his most memorable moments whilst wearing the Ivory Coast shirt.

He accompanied it with a caption in French explaining his decision to retire. The translation is shown below:


Drogba accumulated 104 caps for his country, as he became the most decorated footballer ever from his nation.

During his time in an Ivory Coast shirt he scored 65 goals and was also part of three World Cup campaigns, in 2006, 2010 and, most recently in 2014.

He now retires having left a legacy behind him and he will be able to fully focus on the task ahead at Chelsea.

Drogba rejoined the Blues this summer in a shock move and will be used a back-up for the title hopefuls this season.

Ahead of the 36-year-old in the pecking order are Diego Costa and Fernando Torres, but his return has created a real buzz around Stamford Bridge as he is held in such high regard.

Performing to the level he was at during his first stint at Chelsea will be a tough ask, but his retirement from international football should prolong his club career and enhance his chances of selection.

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