Chelsea legend Didier Drogba denied fairytale end to career as his last ever game ends in defeat for Phoenix RisingNovember 9, 2018
CLASSY Didier Drogba took time to console devastated fans even after being denied a fairytale end to his career.
The Chelsea legend – who plays for and co-owns Phoenix Rising – suffered heartbreak as his side lost 1-0 to Louisville City in the USL Cup final, his final game.
At full-time, Drogba approached the Phoenix faithful, hugged one gutted fan and told him: “Don’t cry, don’t cry.”
He proceeded to shake supporters’ hands and thank them.
His fellow owner Berke Bakay hailed the 40-year-old for his “amazing contributions to the beautiful sport”.
Bakay tweeted: “You have laid the foundation of something really special that we are all going to enjoy for many years to come!”
Drogba inspired second-division Phoenix to the final with three goals in three play-off games, but was stopped in his tracks against Louisville.
Luke Spencer dealt the killer blow in the second half after a penalty box scramble.
Drogba said last month: “I joke with people that they need to give me the cup, so I can retire in peace. And that if I don’t get it, I’ll come back.
“But the truth is, this is my last season.”
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Drogba scored a stunning 157 goals in 341 appearances during his first spell at Chelsea between 2004 and 2012, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
The ex-Ivory Coast forward won the league again in 2015 after returning to Stamford Bridge following spells at Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray.
An 18-month stint at Montreal Impact followed, before joining – and purchasing – Phoenix in 2017.