dglobalnews.com Drogba joins Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner
Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Drogba joins Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner

Drogba joins Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner

"We need our team as well as our city to be interchangeable with global superiority, and Didier Drogba is a testament to Phoenix Rising FC's dedication to that particular assignment", said Phoenix Climbing team governor Berke Bakay. "He supports me", Drogba said, via The Mirror. The Fire ended up getting some MLS amusing money for their troubles, but it ended up cementing the club's reputation as the kid who never gets picked for kickball at recess.

Former Ivory Coast captain Drogba was linked to a move to Brazilian team Corinthians earlier this year, but turned down a contract worth United States dollars 120,000 per week. The former Chelsea striker wanted to live and work somewhere that reminded him of home, and what better place than the Paris of the Southwest, Arizona's Alouette, that world-renowned center of art and culture.

Drogba explained: "I've visited Phoenix in recent months and was surprised by the amount of autographs and selfies I got asked for".

Drogba is known as the ultimate big-game player, winning 17 trophies in 22 major finals, including four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Turkish Süper Lig, one Turkish Süper Kupa and one Turkish Küpasi. Though the club be small, as is their 6000-ish capacity stadium in Tempe, their aspirations are mighty.

As such, Drogba has joined the club's ownership group, where he will enjoy co-ownership with music producer Diplo and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz among others.

And, as of this week, Didier Drogba.

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But the former Highlanders coach, who won the Super Rugby title in 2015, did say "it's interesting to know what success looks like".

The 39-year-old striker will be involved in all boardroom decisions and will learn his new role on the job while continuing to play.

"As part of the deal, Drogba will help develop the team as a player before advancing to an executive role with the Phoenix MLS expansion franchise". We have a history together and whenever they need me I will always be ready to help them one way or another. "That was fantastic for me".

Drogba will team up with former New York Red Bull, Shaun Wright-Phillips as the club vies for one of the 4 expansion spots on offer from MLS that are expected to be announced later in 2017.

MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott said in January that the Valley of the Sun has been on the league's radar for an expansion team for years.

When Drogba does retire from the game, Federation Internationale de Football Association players around the world will despair. Toward the end of his 18-month stint with Montreal Impact, Drogba wasn't first-choice anymore and his influence faded.

It's well founded Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian came calling for Costa' signature during the winter, as reported by the Telegraph's Matt Law, and it's been suggested that move may still be completed this summer.

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