Former Chelsea legend striker Didier Drogba has joined United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and co-owner.
The former Ivory Coast forward, has not played since leaving MLS [Major League Soccer] club Montreal impact in November.
The 39-years-old player will start out as a player but has also joined Phoenix's "MLS expansion franchise ownership group".
"To own a team and be a player at the same time is unusual but it's going to be very exciting," Drogba said.
"It's a good transition because I want to carry on playing but I'm almost 40 and it's important for me to prepare for my later career."
Phoenix club have just initiated their fourth season in the Western Conference of USL, which contour part of the second tier of the American league system.
"I had offers from China, from England - in both the Premier League and even the Championship - but they were only as a player," Drogba told The Premier League Show.