Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba plans to live up to his reputation as the man for the big occasion by out-gunning his rivals for the World Cup golden boot.

Now the 32-year-old striker believes he is capable of emulating those heroics with his country in South Africa.

Sven Goran Eriksson’s side have been drawn in a group which would make less confident players quake in their boots as they prepare to face five-time world champion Brazil and a serious title contender like Portugal.

The free betting sites have Ivory Coast down as dark horses to qualify for the knockout stages. But Drogba will lead the Ivory Coast into battle brimming with confidence after the best season of his life. Drogba is sure to be heading the tournament’s scoring charts.

“I really hope so. If we can get through the group stages, I think we have a very strong chance,” Drogba said.

“It’s important that we do well as a nation, but if I can win the World Cup Golden Boot as well, then it would be amazing.”