Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has become football's first ever player-owner after agreeing to take the reigns at newly-established MLS franchise Phoenix Rising, having consulted with current Blues own Roman Abramovich, according to a report in The Sun.
Drogba has joined the USL club as a player-owner, and he'll play for one season with the second-division club before transitioning into an executive role in aiding the organization's quest to secure an MLS expansion franchise.
Drogba, a Champions League victor with Chelsea FC, joins a quality Phoenix Rising FC roster that includes Bravo, Chivas de Guadalajara and former England global Wright-Phillips.
Drogba's arrival in Arizona comes after a turbulent spell with MLS side Montreal Impact came to an end last season.
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Drogba will team up with former New York Red Bull Shaun Wright-Phillips and former Mexico worldwide Omar Bravo as the club vies for one of the four coveted expansion spots on offer from MLS that are expected to be announced later in 2017. 'We have one or two situations to check but no injuries. But I can't talk about this because it's not right to talk about players from another team. "It is time to prepare for the next stage of my life, to get everything ready for the next phase".
One man who wouldn't be surprised by Lukaku's move back to Chelsea is Drogba, with SunSport exclusively revealing his role in making the transfer happen. "That was awesome for me". In 2012, he played on Chelsea's UEFA Champions League victor. Phoenix is also the only potential expansion market without an existing MLS team within 300 miles, serving a wide gap of soccer fans throughout the southwestern United States.
We'll see how much the 39-year-old Drogba has left, but he's definitely helping the Rising to get a little more attention.
"I don't think there's been another player and co-owner, but this shows you how things are changing, how the league is changing and how football is becoming attractive and I'm really happy to have chosen this", he said.
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