Striker Didier Drogba, who scored the winning goal in Saturday’s Champions League final, is leaving Chelsea, the soccer star confirmed Tuesday on the team’s website.
“It has been a very difficult decision for me to make and I am very proud of what we have achieved,” Drogba told the site, “but the time is right for a new challenge for me.”
Reports leaked out Monday that Drogba had already told his teammates he would be leaving the team when his contract ended in June.
Drogba joined Chelsea in 2004. He leaves the club after scoring the winning goal during a penalty shootout against Bayern Munich on Saturday. The 34-year-old scored 157 goals in 341 appearances with the team.