Didier Drogba has opted to extend his playing career, announcing he’s signed with Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday.
He will start out as a player but has also joined Phoenix’s “MLS expansion franchise ownership group”.
“To own a team and be a player at the same time is unusual but it’s going to be very exciting,” Drogba said.
“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.”
Drogba’s role as a player and part-owner is certainly unusual, but the former Chelsea player says he’s spoken with Blues owner Roman Abramovic about taking on a front-office role.
“I have spoken many times with Roman Abramovich, not only on this occasion, and trust me it’s not easy to be an owner. He supports me,” Drogba said, via The Mirror.
Phoenix have just started their fourth season in the Western Conference of USL, which forms part of the second tier of the American league system.