Didier Drogba believes his chances of ever lifting the Africa Cup of Nations disappeared for good after the 2-1 defeat by Nigeria on Sunday.
"It's over," the 34-year-old striker said in the wake of yet another failure by the so-called golden generation.
The trophy has eluded the Elephants since 1992 - the year they beat Ghana in a marathon penalty shoot-out.
The Ivorians have twice been runners-up in the last four editions, and were semi-finalists in 2008.
For a fifth successive tournament, they were tipped to win the title with a squad boasting such talents as Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou.
But Africa's top-ranked team once again failed to live up to expectation and go home empty-handed.
"We now look ahead to the World Cup, with or without me," said Drogba.