Didier Drogba is a bonafide Chelsea and Premier League Legend. During his two spells with Chelsea he scored 104 Premier League goals, won 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League and 2 Golden Boots.
At his best the big Ivorian was simply unplayable, combining unbelievable pace, power and finishing ability.
What they said about him …
“People talk about Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, the great strikers, but he is right up there. People that score in finals and in the big games, he is right up there” Frank Lampard
“I have always seen Drogba as an example to follow in terms of a centre-forward. Just watching him train helped me. Just seeing him I was amazed. I specifically used to watch Chelsea, just to see Drogba” Diego Costa
“Drogba is a fighter, he is the kind of player I would say,’with you, I can go to every year.'” Jose Mourinho
“He was a great player, a great friend and somebody who will be part of my life forever.” Jose Mourinho
“It’s an emotional day. It’s an unbelievably proud day for all of us but at the same time it’s a sad day because one of the biggest legends this club has ever seen is leaving. He’ll be back for sure in some capacity but he’s an unbelievable example, a great man and what he has done alongside Lamps is win competitions and we are talking the very best.” John Terry speaking after Drogba’s final game for Chelsea.
“He has always harmed us and he continues. He is a winner and he will be like that until the end of his life.” Arsene Wenger
“Drogbaaa!!! And he pulled the rabbit out of the hat again! Can you believe it? Chelsea just won’t let go of the Champions League.” Sky Sports Martin Tyler commentating on Drogba’s equaliser in the Champions League final in 2012, he would of course go on to score the winning penalty.
What he said …
“In football, the good thing is things can change in a second.”
“I believe a lot in destiny and I think that if something didn’t happen, it was for a reason.”
“I have won many trophies in my time, but nothing will ever top helping win the battle for peace in my country.”
“People think footballers are all like robots – we can control everything on the pitch. But your heart is beating 200 times a minute; it’s very, very physical.”
“People have an opinion of Africa and it is not so good, but we have to let sport unite us all.”
“Coaches can teach you two things: confidence and technique.”
“Football can generate excitement and bring people together.”