KickOff.com looks back at the 10 most memorable moments from Didier Drogba's glittering career
Posted: 15 November 2017 Time: 10:00
With Didier Drogba announcing his plans to retire at the end of the season, KickOff.com looks back at the striker’s 10 most memorable moments in the game.
The former Ivory Coast international’s career spans across two decades and includes numerous trophies for both club and country, as well as numerous individual awards, and we look back at the best of the lot.
1. The start of his Chelsea career: Didier Drogba was snapped up by Chelsea in July 2004 for a then-club record £24m, joining the Blues from Marseille after scoring 19 goals in 35 appearances
2. Scoring FA Cup winner against Manchester United: Didier Drogba often came up with the goods for Chelsea and the 2007 FA Cup final was no exception, with the striker netting the only goal of the game in the second-half of extra-time.
3. UEFA Champions League glory: The 2011/12 season will be one Drogba will never forget after he helped Chelsea clinch their first and only Champions League trophy. He netted an 88th-minute equaliser against Bayern Munich before hammering home the winning penalty in the shootout.
4. Premier League Golden Boot winner: Drogba was twice named the Premier League’s top scorer during his time with Chelsea, clinching the Golden Boot awards in 2006/07 [20 goals] and 2009/10 [29 goals].
5. Africa’s best: Drogba’s achievements were not limited to club football and the former Cote d’Ivoire forward was twice named the African Player of the Year, scooping the coveted accolade in 2006 and 2009.
6. Ton up: In the 2009/10 season, Drogba racked up his 100th goal for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring the Blues’ only goal in a 3-1 loss to Wigan Athletic.
7. A century of Premier League strikes: Two seasons later and Drogba again hit the magic 100 goal mark, this time for a ton of Premier League strikes after scoring the winner against Stoke in March 2012.
8. Triumphant return to Chelsea: In 2014, Drogba returned to Chelsea after two years away and made an immediate impact, helping lead the team to a fifth Premier League title with a League Cup double to boot.
9. An Ivory Coast centurion: In 2014, Drogba earned his 100th international cap in a pre-World Cup friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring from the penalty spot but still seeing his country go down 2-1.
10. A World Cup captain and legend: In 2006, Didier Drogba helped the Ivory Coast qualify for their first-ever World Cup finals and would go on to score his country’s first goal at the tournament, against Argentina. However, the forward was unable to find his best form as the Elephants were eliminated at the group stages.