John Terry's Instagram tribute to Didier Drogba after retirement is sheer class

Drogba has announced his retirement from football

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has officially confirmed his retirement from football.

The striker took a few months to settle in at Stamford Bridge following his £24million move from Marseille in 2004.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The Ivorian won four Premier League titles across his two spells with the Blues, as well as four FA Cups.

In 2012 came his crowning moment, as he equalised in the last minute against Bayern Munich before scoring the penalty that won the Champions League, earning Chelsea the greatest night in their history.

It was inevitable that when he returned to English football in 2014, he was never going to be quite the same player, though he still made a nuisance of himself and scored four goals in 28 appearances.

However, he'll always be remembered best as part of a side that was so dominant in the Premier League.

Terry's tribute 

Few players have achieved so much for the club and fittingly, the equally legendary John Terry has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to his old team-mate.

The former centre-back, who now makes up part of the coaching team at Aston Villa, wrote:

"@didierdrogba the KING. Congratulations on your retirement mate.

"It’s been an absolute pleasure and an honour to have played and trained with you for 11 years. Diddy you had everything as a player and I’m so glad (and lucky!) that we had you at Chelsea.

"I hated playing against you in training, your mentality to win every single day was infectious and that drove every single player in the squad to be better individually and collectively.

Terry and Drogba won four titles together

"Some of the goals and performances we all had the pleasure of seeing will stay with us forever but I’m genuinely blessed because I got to know the man @didierdrogba , and what a great man you are!

"Didier Drogba I love you like a brother and wish you every success with your next chapter in football and life. Thank you for the memories 19/05/2012. Love ya mate."

It's difficult to sum up Drogba's cult status at Chelsea but Terry has just about managed it.

In more recent years, the 40-year-old has been plying his trade with Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.

The football world now awaits his next move. 

What are your favourite memories of Drogba at Chelsea? Have your say in the comments. 

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