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Chelsea FC legendary striker, Didier Drogba has retired from the Ivory Coast national team after a dozen years of playing for the West African nation he has captained for 8 years now.
The Big Ivorian represented Ivory Coast at three world cup finals including the last one in Brazil. The 36-year old announced his retirement today and will now focus on his club commitments.
‘It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football. 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 also owe much gratitude to my team-mates – the players with whom I have shared all these emotions and I wish you all much success for the future and a very warm welcome to the new manager (Herve Renard).’
Drogba netted 64 times for Ivory Coast in 106 appearances.