Ex Chelsea star striker and Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba has joined United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and co-owner.
39-year-old Drogba has been out of the pitch since he left Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact in November.
Drogba will be starting out with his new club both as a player and an owner.
This is as he has joined the business side of the Major League via the Pheonix’s “MLS expansion franchise ownership group”.
Drogba in an interview said:
“To own a team and be a player at the same time is unusual but it’s going to be very exciting.
“It’s a good transition because I want to carry on playing but I’m almost 40 and it’s important for me to prepare for my later career.”