DROGBA: FRENCH LEAGUECAREER EXPOSED

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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SILVA MENTIONS DROGBA AS TOUGH OPPONENT

Chelsea defender Thiago Sikva has named Blues legend Didier Drogba as one of his toughest opponents during an illustrious playing career spanning almost two decades professionally. Silva spoke to the official website of Chelsea football club about the top ten toughest opponents that he has faced in his career and Didier Drogba was eighth on the list behind Liverpool player Roberto Firmino. Didier Drogba crossed paths with Thiago Silva a few times before the Ivorian football legend called time on his hugely successful football career some years ago. Didier Drogbawas ahead of the likes of KylianMbappe and Angel Di Maria on the list. Silva played with both Mbappe and Di Maria at French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) before he left the club last summer. Silva ended his association with PSG after his contract expired and he went on to sign for Chelsea as a free agent.

On his toughest opponent, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was unsurprisingly the recipient as named by Silva ahead of Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as the best two players of their generation and it is a little surprise that they are the top two toughest opponents faced by the Chelsea defender. Fellow Brazilian Neymar completes the top three for Thiago Silva, while Swedish football icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in at fourth place. The Brazilian duo of Adriano and Romariowere in fifth and sixth place respectively according to the list of players mentioned by the Chelsea centre back.
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MBAPPE REVEALS DROGBA ENCOUNTER AT CHELSEA

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Kylian Mbappe has revealed his meeting with Didier Drogba at a young age. Kylian Mbappe wrote in a column for The Player’s Tribune on how he first met Chelsea legend Didier Drogba at a young age. According to him, he had visited London 11 years ago and that he was fortunate to meet Didier Drogba, who was at the peak of his powers back then. The Ivorian football legend took pictures with Kylian Mbapp eand he would later show his friends at his youth club AS Bondy.Kylian Mbappe said his friends didn’t believe him initially when he told them that he met Didier Drogba in London until he showed them proof via the pictures taken by his father.


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HOW SOUTHAMPTON ALMOST SIGNED DROGBA REVEALED

 

Didier Drogba could have had a different career path if Southampton had been successful with their bid to sign the Ivorian football legend. It was revealed that the Saints tried to sign Didier Drogba while he was with Guingamp in the French league. According to The Athletic, Southampton wanted to sign Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda while the two players were on the payroll of Guingamp. The two players would go on to play for Chelsea in the Premier League.


The publication from The Athletic revealed that Southampton’s former owner Rupert Lowe had a deal lined up for both Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda but the Saints were not able to get the deal across the line. Didier Drogba was 25 at the time, while FlorentMalouda was 23 at the time of the interest from Southampton. Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda were important players in the Guingamp team that was punching above its weight in the French top flight at that time. Continue reading “HOW SOUTHAMPTON ALMOST SIGNED DROGBA REVEALED”

DROGBA SUPPORTS WEBO IN RACISM FIGHT

 

Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba has thrown his weight behind Istanbul Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo who was on the receiving end of a racist comment from one of the match officials for the Champions League meeting between hosts Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Istanbul Basaksehir at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night. Didier Drogba took to his official Twitter handle to talk about the incident that led to the Champions League game being abandoned.


According to the former Chelsea striker, the players of both PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir were right to abandon the game as a result of the incident as he thanked Pierre Webo and Demba Ba for standing out. Senegalese striker Demba Ba was the first player to take up the case with the match officials immediately after the incident. Didier Drogba spoke about it on his Twitter page earlier on Wednesday as he posted the video of the incident. He also added that the Romanian fourth official, who was guilty of the racist remark towards Webo, could have addressed the Istanbul Basaksehir coach as this guy rather than this black guy.
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Didier Drogba speaks on Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that he had a close relationship with Romelu Lukaku during their time together at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international struggled to make a strong impression with the west London side but his decision to move on has paid dividends with him becoming one of the most sought-after strikers in the world.

Speaking to HLN, Drogba revealed that the duo were close to each other at former club Chelsea and Lukaku continues to ask advice whenever possible. He added that Lukaku is one of the best in the world but he has ample room for improvement, given he is approaching the prime of his professional career.

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Didier Drogba raves about Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has heaped praise on the performances of compatriot Nicolas Pepe in Ligue 1 this term. The 23-year-old has been in stellar form for Lille this season with 17 goals and eight assists in the French top-flight and this has kept them on course for a return to next season’s Champions League.

Speaking to Goal.com, Drogba said that he has heard plenty of good things about the progress of Pepe and he is confident that the forward can leapfrog the 19-goal tally, he achieved with Marseille during the 2003-04 season, he told: “He has very good statistics and he will easily exceed my goals record in Ligue 1. He is fast and a complete and efficient player. We need players like him in Ligue 1. I have been hearing about him for some time, especially because he has been part of the Ivorian national team for several years.”
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Sol Bamba credits Didier Drogba for influencing his professional career

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has said that Didier Drogba played a role in shaping up his professional playing career. The 34-year-old shared the same dressing room with the former Chelsea star in the national setup and he has now spoken about the experience of playing with and against the Ivory Coast legend.

Speaking to reporters, Bamba hailed the qualities of the former Blues ace, who recently retired from the beautiful game, he said: “Didier Drogba was our captain and he was the best striker I ever came up against. What a player, strong with both feet, good in the air and on his day I quickly learned you cannot mark him. It was good experience trying, though!”
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Didier Drogba rules out Indian Super League stint

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has indicated that he has no plans of featuring in the Indian Super League as a player after recently calling time on his professional career. The Ivorian great decided to bow out of the playing field after 20 years in the game and he is now looking forward to a new phase of life.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Drogba highlighted that he has no plans of playing in the Indian Super League but he would do his part to encourage Indian football, he said:“I think there are other ways to encourage Indian football but I am not going to come out of retirement and play again. Once you announce that you are done it’s good to try to stick to it. I have done and achieved everything in the last 20 years so I think it’s time for me to relax a bit.”
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Didier Drogba Hails John Terry after Defender Announces Retirement

Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has congratulated John Terry after the defender announced his retirement from the game. The 37-year-old has been without a club over the last few months after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. He has been linked with several clubs – including Spartak Moscow – over a short-term contract. However, he has now decided to hang up his boots and instead look at other options in his life. The 37-year-old will be remembered as one of the greatest Premier League defenders around and his retirement news quickly brought about a lot of congratulatory messages from around the world.

Didier Drogba was one of the latest to acknowledge the brilliant career enjoyed by John Terry, who spent 18 years at Chelsea winning numerous honours. Terry was able to lift Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, and several other domestic honours during his time with the blues. He was hoping for a return back to the Premier League with Aston Villa but those hopes were dashed when the club failed to get promotion last season. Frank Lampard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Ballack, and several other famous names in world football came up with glowing tributes of the 37-year-old. Drogba even claimed that Terry is yet to pay him money owed from a bet.
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