Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa (4E Sports) – Celebrated striker Didier Drogba announced his retirement from international competition with Ivory Coast through Twitter.
“It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football,” Drogba tweeted.
The 36-year-old played 12 years for his national squad in three World Cup appearances.
In the recently concluded 2014 World Cup, he made his 104th and final stint playing for the Les Elephants.
But the team failed to make it pass the group stage for the third straight time, after a bitter defeat against Greece.
Drogba also lead his nation in runner-up finishes at the African Nations Cup in 2006 and 2012.
Despite the shortcomings the Ivory Coast had in previous international tourneys, Drogba stated he gave everything for his nation.
“From my first call up to my last match I have always tried to give my best for my country.”
He also added, “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.”
Drogba also expressed his appreciation for the fans.
“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.”
Although Drogba called it off on the international stage, he will still play for Chelsea after signing a one-season deal with the club.