Didier Drogba has hung up his boots and the Chelsea and Ivory Coast Legend has called it quits after leading his team, Phoenix Rising to victory in the USL Western Conference.
Didier Drogba is undoubtedly one of the greatest strikers of our Generation and on his retirement day, it only seems fitting to have a look at his top 5 moments in his career. So here it is the swashbuckling strikers top 5 moments across an illustrious 20-year long career.
5. July 2004, Signing for Chelsea
In July 2004, Chelsea signed a 26-year-old Ivorian forward from Marseille.
He went on to score 164 goals in 384 appearances for the club. He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a Champions League.
Happy retirement, Didier Drogba. 💙 pic.twitter.com/0wghVSxMzf
— bet365 (@bet365) November 9, 2018
It wasn’t a particularly amazing first Season for Didier Drogba but when you look back in retrospect, this was probably one of the biggest moments in his career, when he arrived at the Club where he would achieve everything. It wasn’t a great first Season, the Ivorian scored only 16 Goals in 40 appearances which is agonizingly low when compared to his standard. It was a good Season for the Club though as Chelsea went on to win the Premier League, their first League title in 50 Years and also went on to win the League Cup in which Drogba scored in Extra time contributing to an emphatic Cup win. Signed for 24 Million Pounds in July 2004, the rest, as they say, is history.
4. Gunning down the Gunners, 16 Goals in 16 games against Arsenal
Didier Drogba's record vs. Arsenal:
16 goals pic.twitter.com/uOyzD2lH31
— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) July 29, 2016
There is no greater joy for a Chelsea fan than beating Arsenal on a good old London Derby day. Drogba scored 16 Goals in 16 games scoring for Chelsea, Galatasaray and the MLS All-stars. Drogba has scored against Arsenal in 5 different stadiums and in 6 different Competitions. It’s hard to decide which is his best Goal against Chelsea’s North-London rivals, well every Goal against Arsenal must’ve been special so why not go for all 16?
3. Becoming Ivory Coast’s all-time top Goalscorer.
Didier Drogba has announced he will retire from football in 2018.
🏆 14 trophies
⚽️ 10 goals in 10 final appearances for Chelsea
🇨🇮 Ivory Coast record scorer (65 goals in 104 apps)
What a player! 👏 pic.twitter.com/goPk0E72Pz
— Unibet (@unibet) November 14, 2017
Drogba was a hero in his Country, contributing massively to not only the Country’s sports Culture but also to Ivory Coast’s development through massive Charity contributions. Didier Drogba scored 65 Goals for his Country in 104 appearances to become Ivory Coast’s Record Goalscorer. Scoring his 65th goal in a friendly against El Salvador in June 2014 just 2 Months before announcing his retirement from International Football.
2. The Final Penalty Kick
Didier Drogba has played his last game of professional football. Remember when he grabbed the Champions League Final by the scruff of the neck and almost single handed lay brought the trophy back to south west London? What a man. #CFC pic.twitter.com/Cmv9vUQjw9
— Flat Back Four (@flatbackfourco) November 9, 2018
Now, a lot of people would rate this as Drogba’s greatest moment in his professional Football Career but for us, this ranks a close second. One final spot-kick in the shootout up against Arguably the best Goalkeeper in the World in Manuel Neuer, a Pressure Cooker Situation. What does Drogba do? two small steps and creates Chelsea History.
1. Champions League Last-minute equalizer
When a calm and collected Commentator like Martin Tyler screams continuously like a Spanish one emphasizing the last syllable for a long time you know you’ve witnessed something special. To lose Philipp Lahm while he’s man-marking you in the box, at the Allianz Arena to tuck away a last-minute header in a Champions League Final. It’s what Dreams are made of.