What Didier Drogba Did After His Final Game Proves He's A Class Act
Didier Drogba has made his final ever appearance as a professional footballer.
The 40-year-old lost his last game of his career as Phoenix Rising were beaten 1-0 by Louisville City in the United Soccer League Cup final.
But his actions following the match sum up the big man perfectly.
Without the fans, we're nothing. We know not everyone could come out to Louisville but we know you were all with us tonight. Thank you for making this club more than just a soccer team. We can't wait to be with our family again in 2019. #UpRising pic.twitter.com/uCbEzg93mF- (x)-Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) November 9, 2018
After the final whistle, Drogba applauded the Phoenix fans who were serenading him. He then encourages his teammates to interact with supporters by shouting: "Come, guys, come" in brilliant scenes.
He even consoled a Phoenix fan, saying: "Don't cry, huh? It's alright. Don't cry."
Before thanking another: "Hey, thank you for everything."
What a bloke. Class is permanent as they say.
Drogba calling time on his illustrious career is a sad day for football with many paying tribute to the Ivory Coast striker and, naturally, Chelsea fans were very vocal.
in 2004, a young man joined Chelsea. Over the years we saw him grow into a legend scoring game after game, goal after goal. The big stage never scared him.
Tonight, this player plays his last game ever in football.
His name is Didier Drogba...
Thank You for everything, King :crown: pic.twitter.com/6iXEfQjdIa
- Uber Chelsea FC :trophy: (@UberCheIseaFC) November 8, 2018
Legendary @didierdrogba has played his final game.
Football salutes you :100: pic.twitter.com/QctcHSMrJk
- B/R Football (@brfootball) November 9, 2018
The man kicking this ball is now officially done with his playing career ... and what a career it was. He gave us Chelsea fans one of the greatest nights of our lives & many more great moments.
King Drogba, we love you :blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/KCznZflZ5G
- Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) November 9, 2018
*THAT* night in Munich.
For one last time, Didier Drogba will step out onto a pitch as a professional footballer. :cry: pic.twitter.com/LAMd7Ndddh
- bet365 (@bet365) November 8, 2018
thank you didier drogba :raised_hands::goat: pic.twitter.com/lLmeVIcT8j
- Anthony Rizzo (@RizzoReport) November 9, 2018
Drogba enjoyed eight seasons at Stamford Bridge following his transfer from Marseille in 2004.
He scored a bagful of goals - tormenting Arsenal in particular - and made a name for himself as a big game player, popping up on the biggest stages.
Who could forget his header and winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final?!
Enjoy retirement, 'King' Drogba.