Didier Drogba started his professional career at Le Mans in the French league and he had been at the club for three years before the Ivorian was handed a professional contract at the age of 21. At that stage, it had dawned on Didier Drogba that he had to buckle up or risk losing the opportunity to become a professional footballer. His breakthrough season at Le Mans saw him score seven goals in 30 games in what was his first campaign in the first team. In the following season, Didier Drogba didn’t perform well due to injuries and loss of form. In his third season withLe Mans first team, the Ivorian football icon returned to form with five goals in 21 appearances for his team.

He would move to Guingamp in the same French league midway through the 2001/02 season. Didier Drogba scored three times in 11 games as he helped Guingamp to avoid demotion to the lower leagues.
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