Champions League Icon: Didier Drogba

His status in the continent was visible when the great Nelson Mandela personally called Drogba before the 2010 World Cup to tell him

‘A World Cup in Africa without you is not a World Cup’

when his participation in the tournament was in doubt due to injury. The astonishing reception he got while coming on from the bench against Portugal told a story in itself. Grab your Champions League Tickets from a trusted platform

Champions League Icon: Didier Drogba
Champions League Icon: Didier Drogba

Drogba was a part of four Premier League-winning campaigns with Chelsea. The club won the title in his first two seasons at the club. While those two years were not his most productive as an individual as only 16 goals in all competitions in both season.

However, he was still an integral part of a formidable Chelsea team. His crowning glory came in the 2009-10 title win where he won the Golden Boot for scoring 29 goals in the Premier League. That season, Chelsea went into the final day of the season only 1 point ahead of Manchester United.

It will be hard to find another player as clutch as Drogba. He produced the goods when the stakes were the highest and in the most high-pressure situations. While every goal counts as one in a player’s tally, he scored the ones which people remember for a long time. This is why he will always be remembered as one of the greatest.

Champions League Icon: Didier Drogba
Champions League Icon: Didier Drogba

However, if there one thing that hurts his legacy, it is his goal scoring record. The likes of Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Sergio Aguero, and Harry Kane have a vastly better record. Drogba only crossed the mark of 20 goals in a season twice in his Chelsea career. However, a big reason behind this was that he was constantly troubled with Injuries and his season was inevitably cut short due to the African Cup of Nations.

Even he was not scoring goals, Drogba was always contributing to his team cause. His physicality always caused defenders problems and made him a very hard player to play against us.

A lot of great defenders have called him the toughest striker to play against over the years. The Ivorian is one of the best centre-forwards ever at hold-up and link-up play which made life easier for those playing around him. A vital part of Chelsea’s success was due to Frank Lampard scoring goals from midfield.

It is worth remembering having a striker like Drogba who created space for him to exploit into goalscoring positions was an important factor in that happening.

Ultimately, Drogba is a footballer whose name will be hard to erase from memory. Stories of him scoring in every possible big game will be narrated fondly to future generations. More importantly, he will serve as a role model for his hard work as a footballer and his great deeds on the pitch. At Chelsea, he will be remembered as a legend, in Ivory Coast as a national hero and in Africa as an Icon of the continent.

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