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Drogba Retires From Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football with Ivory Coast.

The 36-year-old scored 65 goals in 104 matches for the Elephants but has decided to hang up his boots after the disappointing World Cup in Brazil.

Drogba represented his country for 12 years and has been at three World Cups since debuting for the Ivory Coast in 2002.

"It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football," Drogba wrote in a statement released on Friday.

"These past 12 years in the national team have been full of emotions. From my first call-up to my last match, I have always tried to give my best for my country.

"I am very proud to have been captain of this team for eight years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football, taking part in three World Cups and two African Cup of Nations finals.

"I cannot convey enough thanks to the fans for all the love and support during these years. all my goals, all my caps, all our victories are for you - I love you."

Drogba has captained his side since 2006 and is his nation’s all-time top goal-scorer with 65 goals.

He led the Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament, and also scored their first World Cup goal.

The Chelsea forward also captained his nation at the 2010 World Cup, but only played a bit-part role in 2014 in Brazil.

Drogba has been named African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009 and was part of the teams which reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012 (twice beaten on penalties).

Despite his illustrious career, Drogba failed to win any trophy with the Ivory Coast.

Join us as we take our hats off for one of Africa’s greatest players of all time. Leave you messages for Drogba in the comment section below. 

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