Chelsea Balls: Didier Drogba Retires With His Scalps
YOU can only describe Didier Drogba’s career as a rollercoaster. He’s been sulky, wayward, stopped a civil war, been brilliant and of course, scored loads of ace goals. He’s also had rather suspect hair since forever, but we’ll let him off.
And now, Didier has dropped a hint that this season could be his last.
At 36, Drogba returned to Chelsea on a one-year deal after leaving Turkish club Galatasaray. Teaming up at the club where he had the greatest success with one of the managers who got the best out of him? It’s a dream way to close the book on your playing days, especially given that it looks like he’ll walk away with a league winner’s medal.
The Ivorian has bagged 160 goals for the club and grabbed himself 10 major trophies to boot.
He said: “This year, the key for me is to enjoy my football and to be with my team-mates and to win trophies. There is one more year to go so let’s do it, let’s win more trophies, let’s make history again.”
“This relationship between me and the fans goes both ways, the way they show their support and the way they love me. If there is some way I love them even more because of all we achieved together, all the history.”
“I have always said my first eight years here were the best years of my career. I know they enjoyed it because I did. I’m far from all the players who made history here but I’m also next to them.”
He’s talking like a man who is drinking it all in before he hangs his boots up (seriously though, who hangs up footwear? Or do you find out when you retire?), so with that, let us look at some of Didier Drogba’s best, and most notorious moments!
Drogba v Liverpool
The Double D is well known for smacking goals in from all over the place, and this one against Liverpool is one of the most Didier Drogba goals you’ll ever see!
Drogba versus Mad Jens
Didier has been erratic on his day, so we should all be very thankful that he played at the same time as Mad Jens Lehmann. When the two came together, English football was granted one of the best panto moments ever. They both hammed it up, everyone laughed and had a good time – apart from the killjoys of course.
Drogba v Everton
Drogba scored an absolute screamer against Everton, in a move that no-one else ever really manages. Drogba brings the ball down and, seeing nothing on, nonchalantly thwacks it in from a million yards out.
Drogba Loses It
Drogba, at some point, was always going to lose his rag. That’s the trade off when a team has such a talented player. Unhappy with Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final exit, Drogba threw a gigantic tantrum, called the referee a disgrace and stole the headlines from what was actually a thrilling game of football.
Drogba’s last kick
Against Bayern Munich in the Champion’s League final, Didier stepped up and knocked home the winning penalty and won the European title for Chelsea. Drogba would leave the club, scoring with his last kick. Of course, he’s since returned to Stamford Bridge, but if you’re going to leave a club you love, what a way to bow out!
Drogba Sees Final Red
Of course, Drogba’s not always been the hero in finals. In the Champion’s League final against Manchester United, Drogba was stupid enough to slap Vidic in the face and get himself sent off. Manchester United went onto to win on penalties.
The art of diving is a divisive one in football. Didier Droga is one of the more keen exponents of the dark arts. The panto villain in him loves to do it and, in the clip below, you’ll see Didier at his most brazen.
Drogba v AC Milan
AC Milan eh? One of the best teams in the world? Doesn’t bother Didier much as, looking like he’s not that bothered about the whole thing, unleashes a spectacular drive from nowhere, with the ball rocketing into the net.
Didier Drogba sings!
There’s not much to say about this, other than, Didier Drogba does not have an awful singing voice. He’s not Glenn Hoddle, but then he’s no Peter Beardsley either.
Drogba evil testicle flick celebration
Drogba, ever playful, has an unusual way of celebrating a cup win – flicking the balls of his team mates. Everyone has a laugh, apart from the bloke who had to apply an icepack to his nads that evening.