May 23, 2012 6:21am CST
Didier Drogba has just announced that he is leaving Chelsea in the summer. It means that he has played his last match for Chelsea in the European Cup final in Munich. His 8 seasons in Chelsea are a tremendous success: He won 3 EPL titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, and the UEFA Champions League. He scored 157 goals in 341 appearances. His departure is a loss for Chelsea. Although he is 34 years old, he is still a player capable of playing at the highest level for at least another 2 years but it was reported that Chelsea was only prepared to offer him 1 year of contract extension. And that was said to be the reason why he is leaving. He did not say where he will be going but he has been linked heavily to a professional club in the Chinese league which reported to be willing to pay £200,000 per week for his service. That is what he said in his personal website: "Even the greatest stories come to an end. My contract is finished and I am now prepared to leave the Blues. It is with great sadness but also with much gratitude that I announce you my departure from Chelsea." He is a great athletic and a fantastic player. His performances in the semi-final and the final of last season's Champions League were the key factor to Chelsea's first win of the UCL trophy. He has contributed greatly to EPL in general and Chelsea in particular. It will be very hard for anyone to emulate his achievement in Chelsea. Drogba is irreplaceable.