Chelsea hero Ray Wilkins does not believe that Romelu Lukaku has the credentials to fill the void left by Blues legend Didier Drogba.
The Premier League holders are on the search for a new marksman this summer with Diego Costa likely to be shown the exit door.Costa, 28, had earned comparisons to Drogba due to his physique and sharp shooting skills, but his time at Stamford Bridge looks to be over after manager Antonio Conte sent him a series of text messages to suggest that he has no future in west London.
With Costa likely to depart, Lukaku has emerged as a potential option to bolster the striking department with Conte being a huge admirer of the player’s talents. Lukaku was the second-highest scorer in the Premier League with 25 goals, and he is now eyeing a new club, where he would have the opportunity of clinching some silverware. Continue reading “Ray Wilkins Doubts if Romelu Lukaku can replicate Didier Drogba at Chelsea”
Liverpool recently broke their record to sign Mohammed Salah from AS Roma for £39 million.
The Egyptian’s deal becomes one of the most expensive for an African in football history. The deal would likely break through the £40 million barrier when performance-related bonuses are added. Roma say they received £36.9 million in initial fee but more would come in with time. This figure could reach around £5-7 million – making Salah undoubtedly the most expensive African player in history.
Salah’s deal surpasses that of Sadio Mane, who moved from Saint Mary to Anfield for £34 million last summer. Mane has been impressive for the Reds, so many would be hoping that Salah can replicate or exceed such.
Eric Bailly’s move to Old Trafford cost £30 million as Jose Mourinho wanted the Ivory Coast international last summer. He is the third most expensive soccer star.
Leicester City’s Islam Slimani and Wilfried Bony are joint fourth for £28 million. Man City paid that much for the Ivorian but he failed to match expectations and had to leave the Etihad. Slimani only joined recently. Continue reading “TOP TEN AFRICAN FOOTBALL TRANSFER COSTS”
Didier Drogba is 39 years old and the Ivorian footballer is not only an active player but has also managed to continue breaking records but only this time around outside of the actual pitch.
The iconic figure of Chelsea has recently turned into a part owner, part player and club ambassador of the United Soccer League club Phoenix Rising FC.
Phoenix Rising FC is attempting to earn a promotion spot into the MLS but have so far struggled trying to secure points on a consistent basis as they are positioned at the 12th spot after 9 matches played.
Upon having officially joined Phoenix Rising FC, Didier Drogba voiced his thoughts concerning this new chapter in his life as the veteran player said:
“Together, Phoenix is going to be in the MLS. This is the beginning of an amazing journey. This is the beginning of something very important for me and I hope we are going to be together for a long time. We’re going to win a lot of games here’’ Continue reading “Didier Drogba’s journey with Phoenix Rising is just starting”
Didier Drogba is confident that Phoenix FC will develop very, very quickly as a club in the coming years.
At present, Phoenix is in tier two, but, they are one of the strong contenders to earn a promotion to the Major League Soccer in 2018 or 19 and they have done their chances no harm by adding Drogba to their ranks.
Drogba is the biggest player that Phoenix has signed so far in terms of stature and experience. They want the Ivorian legend to be the chief promoter of the team’s MLS bid.
Drogba has been roped in by Phoenix not only for his playing services. He has actually been given a minor stake in the club and he is effectively a part of the ownership group which has the possession of the club.
It’s probably the first instance in the soccer history that someone who has a stake in the club will represent the club on the pitch as a player and Drogba seems to be pretty thrilled about it.
The 39-year old is, however, not expected to play for a great length of time for Phoenix. It is believed that he will feature in a few games in the on-going season and then will concentrate fully on his ownership duties only.
But it doesn’t matter really whether he plays or not, he will surely be phoenix’s identity when they start their campaign in Major League Soccer
Drogba had many propositions on his platter at the start of this year. He could have gone to Chelsea as a coach or could have gone to the big money leagues of Middle-East as a player, but, he decided to reject everything and try his hand as an owner when that opportunity came from Phoenix.
Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba recently began the next adventure in his career after joining Phoenix Rising FC, as a player-owner.
Even though he has signed a two-year contract to play at the club, Drogba will eventually own the club. Phoenix Rising are looking to be part of the MLS in the near future, and Drogba believes that he chose the Phoenix Rising offer since it was unparalleled amongst the plethora that he received after leaving Montreal Impact at the end of the 2016 MLS season. The 39-year-old striker is the player, ambassador, and owner of the club.
He says that Phoenix Rising can be part of a great ride over the next few years, as they could potentially be playing against the likes of Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy in the MLS. While this would require significant investment, Drogba is prepared to do the same in order to benefit the club. Continue reading “Didier Drogba Says Phoenix Rising on the Verge of an Amazing Journey”
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has named his Chelsea compatriot Didier Drogba as one of the best strikers in the Premier League history.
Drogba is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of the club, while this is especially true when it comes to the whole Premier league, according toWright. Drogba came to Chelsea in the summer of 2004 as an unpolished diamond. However, he was transformed into one of the best strikers in the world by Jose Mourinho. In the period between 2005 and 2007, Drogba was simply unplayable in every game.
Later, Drogba developed the knack of scoring goals in key games. During his time in the Chelsea, he scored in several finals and semifinals – most notably in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.Wright says that Drogba may not possess the all-time scoring record in the Premier League, but he is not short of being considered as one of the best ever. Continue reading “Ian Wright Claims This Chelsea Forward as the Best Ever”
Celtic winger Scott Sinclair has heaped the praise on striker Moussa Dembele by saying that the 20-year-old is comparable with Chelsea great Didier Drogba.
Regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the Premier League history, Drogba scored more than 150 goals for the blues in almost a decade at the club. He remains as the highest scoring African footballer in the league. Dembele is at the other end of his career. After being released by Fulham, he decided to join Scottish giants Celtic in the summer. It has been a hugely beneficial move, as Dembele has been able to take positive step in each month.
After being linked with a return to English football with Chelsea during the January transfer window, Dembele has taken another step in his progress by scoring a huge number of goals in the last two months. Continue reading “Scott Sinclair Compares Moussa Dembele to Chelsea legend”
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been a major factor behind the club once again challenging for the league title. The blues are the overwhelming favourites to win the Premier League this season after opening at a 10 point advantage over second placed Tottenham.
N’Golo Kante was one of the major signings for Chelsea in the summer. The blues spent £ 30 million in acquiring the French midfielder from Leicester City. Manager Antonio Conte has then been able to work with the existing crop of players, which included the likes of Victor Moses. All players have contributed immensely towards Chelsea’s ascend back to the top of the table. Continue reading “Kante Reveals Drogba Inspiration”
Chelsea right Cesar Azpilicueta says that he idolised Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard before he moved to the West London outfit in the summer of 2012.
Azpilicueta has become one of the important players at Chelsea, but few expected to achieve this status after costing only £ 7 million – a fraction of the fee paid to some of the top stars at Chelsea. Azpilicueta moved to the club in the summer of 2012 from Marseille. Since then, he has won every major honour apart from the Champions League. However, he has achieved success on the European stage in the form of the Europa League title.
A number of players coming in from French football were used to seeing the figure of Didier Drogba dominate the headlines. Drogba may be an Ivory Coast star, but he made his name at Marseille before coming to Chelsea for £ 24 million. He remains as one of the greatest players – not just in Chelsea’s history, but also the entire Premier league history. Continue reading “Azpilicueta Names Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard as Idols”
N’Golo Kante says that he has always looked up to Didier Drogba as an example to believe that no matter where one starts from, it is still possible to reach the pinnacle.
Like Drogba, Kante is also not someone who is not the product of the academy of a big club. His boyhood days were spent at Boulogne, a club which hardly anyone would have heard about outside France.
But, today he is donning the shirt of one of the biggest clubs in UK and is on his way to become the Premiership Champion for the second time on the trot and that is a tribute to his will power and belief.
Speaking recently, the Frenchman, who is a nightmare to deal with in the middle of the pitch for the opposition, said, “As a teenager coming through the ranks, you hear a lot of stories about the great personalities in your profession and you always tend to follow those whose story is a little bit like you.” Continue reading “N’Golo Kante says he was compared with Didier Drogba”