Didier Drogba – Champions League glory

Drogba had won several trophies at Chelsea but after Mourinho left they struggled to keep up with Manchester United

In 2009, Drogba scored in his second FA Cup final as Chelsea beat Everton 2-1. Chelsea lost out in the title race to Manchester United for the third year running but there was some good news for Drogba as he was named African Footballer of the Year for the second time.

The following year was Drogba’s best for Chelsea. He scored 37 goals in 44 games and Chelsea won back the Premiers League trophy after it had spent three years at Old Trafford. They made it a league and FA Cup double when Drogba scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the final. He also won the golden boot for the season.

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Champions League

Drogba went to his second World Cup with Ivory Coast in South Africa 2010. He scored in a 3-1 defeat against Brazil but for the second time the Ivorians had been drawn into the group of death. They picked up a credible four points but finished below Brazil and Portugal in the group and were eliminated.

Frustration under AVB

Making his name in France
Signing for Chelsea
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Drogba suffered a tough start to the 2011-12 season at Chelsea. He was frustrated for much of the campaign as new manager, André Villas-Boas had begun to phase the old guard out of the first team in favour of younger players. However after AVB was dismissed, Drogba was brought back into the side.

In the middle of the season, Drogba played in the African Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast. They reached the final against Zambia but Drogba missed a penalty and the game finished 0-0. They went on to lose a thrilling penalty shootout.

Champions League hero

Drogba scored in the final of every major cup competition that Chelsea won while he was there – seven in total.

Drogba caught the eye with some fantastic performances in the latter stages of the campaign. He scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final, making him the only ever player to score in four FA Cup finals. He was also instrumental in helping Chelsea get to the final of the Champions League, scoring a vital goal in the first leg of the semi final against Barcelona.

In the final against Bayern Munich, Chelsea were losing 1-0 until Drogba scored the equalizer with two minutes left. His last kick for the club was the deciding penalty in the shootout. He calmly placed the ball to the left of the goal, sending the keeper the wrong way.

Chelsea were champions of Europe and it was a fitting parting gift from one of the best Premier League signings of the past decade.

Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray

In the summer of 2012, Drogba signed for Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, where former Chelsea teammate, Nicolas Anelka was player-coach. However his spell in China was short lived and he returned to Europe in January 2013 with Turkish side Galatasaray. He joined a team of stars including Wesley Sneijder, Felipe Melo and Burak Yılmaz.

Drogba and his side managed to get to the Champions League quarter finals stage, their furthest in the competition for 12 years. Galatasaray were eliminated by Real Madrid, but not before they gave them a scare beating them 3-2 in Turkey in a game where Drogba put the Turks 3-1 up at one point.

Forever a Blue

At the start of the 2014/15 season, Chelsea’s re-appointed manager Jose Mourinho went out and did exactly what he had done at his first stay at Stamford Bridge – sign Didier Drogba.

The Ivorian played a key role from the bench for the Blues, as backup to their main striker Diego Costa, and helped the team win another Premier League title.

Making his name in France
Signing for Chelsea
Champions League Glory
Football’s Greatest Players