Didier Drogba is an Ivory Coast international football player who currently features for the English Premier League club Chelsea. He plays as a striker and topscored in the 2006-2007 season in the Premier League with 20 goals and is the only player to score in three League Cup finals in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Drogba was also the 2006 African Player of the Year.
Drogba commenced his professional football career at French side Le Mans in 1998 and played for four seasons for them, scoring 12 goals in 63 league matches. He played the 2002-2003 season for En Avant Guingamp and scored 20 goals in 45 matches in all competitions and then played for French giants Marseille for one season and scored 18 goals in 35 league matches.
In the summer of 2004 Chelsea came calling and signed Drogba for a then record club fee of 23.8 million pounds. He failed to impress in his first season at Stamford Bridge but from the 2005-2006 season Drogba was a huge hit and season by season he began to fulfill the promise and potential that Chelsea always thought he had. By the end of the 2007-2008, Drogba had scored 50 goals in 110 league matches. He has since scored 45 more goals in the league.
Drogba made his international debut for Ivory Coast in 2002 and so far he has scored over 45 goals in more than 70 matches. He played for his nation at the 2006 Germany World Cup and the 2008 African Nations’ Cup.
Among Drogba’s honours are:
- 3 Premier League titles
- 3 FA Cup
- 2 Football League Cups
- 2 FA Community Shield
- French Player of the Year
- African Player of the Year
- English Golden Boot