Didier Drogba is regarded as one of the decent football players of all time and a pioneer of African football. He achieved his peak form and numerous accomplishments while playing for Chelsea. Didier played on the highest level from 2004 to 2012, scoring many goals and winning several trophies both on the individual and club level. Since 2012, Drogba had departed from high-level football, as he continued his career in smaller clubs and Leagues. In 2018, he finally retired. Drogba’s football career was truly diverse, The African player had some ups and downs, so we’re going to look at how well he performed in his club career. If you enjoy watching football and want to bet on your favorite team, don’t miss your chance to place your bets on Woo Casino Login.
Drogba’s first professional Club
Didier started his professional career in the French Club Le Mans’. His professional debut occurred in season 1998/99, but unfortunately, Drogba missed a majority of the matches because of the injuries. The Ivory native played his debut match against Cannes as a late replacement. Years later, The club from an upper-division Guingamp FC signed the footballer for 80’000. His debut happened versus FC Metz, where struck his first-ever goal. Even though he only succeeded to score only 3 goals in the season 2001/02, for the next few years his productivity vastly improved, as he was able to deliver 53 goals.
Transfer to Chelsea and the big stage
After Chelsea was bought by Roman Abramovich, the Club’s main objective was to sign as many talented and world-class players as possible. Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho decided to sign a 27-year-old Drogba from Marseille. Various specialists were criticizing this decision, as Didier wasn’t showing any spectacular skills on the pitch. But it happened to be by far the best decision Chelsea has ever made. Drogba joined The Blues for 24 Million in 2004 and his debut occurred against MU. By providing an assist for his teammate, Drogba helped his crew secure the victory. Overall, He scored 10 PL goals in his first season. Till 2012, Drogba played phenomenal football, as Chelsea won many trophies: 3 PL titles, 4 FA cup trophies, 2 Community Shields, and Champions League. Drogba’s individual accolades were astounding as well: He secured 2 golden boots in 2006 and 2009 by scoring 20 and 29 goals respectively. But Didier’s most memorable performance was in the 2012 Champions League finals. After being one goal down and dominated by Bayern Munich, The Blues were miraculously saved by Drogba’s performance. The Ivory native scored the equalizer in the last minutes and scored the last winning penalty. As already mentioned, Chelsea was dominated in every aspect of the game, but Drogba’s willingness and leadership qualities played a significant factor.
Departure from the big football
After winning the Champions League title, Drogba left Chelsea and signed a contract with the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, where he stayed for 1 season. Then he moved to the Turkish club Galatasaray for a few seasons. In 2014 it was announced that Didier was returning to Chelsea. His performance in the beloved club wasn’t the same, but The Blues managed to win the Premier League and FA cup. From here on out, Didier played for 2 more clubs: Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising, and retired in 2018.