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Drogba Back in Bleu/Blanc/Noir For Legends Game

Former striker to return to face Ronaldinho & Co

MLS: Eastern Conference Championship-Montreal Impact at Toronto FC
Didier Drogba gets the better of Jozy Altidore in his final game as a Montreal Impact player in 2016.
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Didier Drogba, the last Impact central striker to reach double figures in an MLS season will return to Stade Saputo for the Legends game between teams overseen by Patrice Bernier and former Brazilian star, Ronaldinho.

August 4 is the date, and the return of the Ivorian should add quite a few more onto the gate.

Drogba’s record throughout 2015 and 2106 was a goal in every 1.5 games, ending up with 21 in 33 appearances.

The former Chelsea legend is the only Impact player ever to score a debut hat-trick in MLS. Chicago Fire were on the receiving end as Montreal ran out 4-3 winners at Stade Saputo. He scored his last goal at the venue on 17 September 2016, from the penalty spot in a 1-3 defeat to New England Revolution.

Drogba’s last Impact appearance was as a 73rd min sub for Matteo Mancosu in the Eastern Conference Final defeat to Toronto FC (2-5) at BMO Field, a tie that was decided in extra time.

Soccer: San Francisco Deltas at Phoenix Rising FC
Drogba in the Owner’s Box at Phoenix Rising during a game against San Francisco Deltas, in 2017.
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Since then, he declined a move to Corinthians Sao Paulo, instead signing for USL club, Phoenix Rising, of which he became an owner. In November last year aged 40, he scored for Rising against Orange County, as his his club won the USL Western Conference. They lost the USL Championship game (0-1) to Louisville City for whom another former Impact man played in Paolo Del Piccolo. Amadou Dia, another previously on the books at Stade Saputo, lined out alongside Drogba in that final.

Following the game Drogba announced his retirement from professional football, and on 11 December was appointed vice-president of the international organization Peace and Sport.