On That Night In Munich, Thomas Muller gave Bayern Munich the lead in the 83rd minute. Chelsea needs a miracle to save the match. Clock Ticks to the 87th minute, the miracle they wanted came from the head of that footballing genius and Chelsea had come back from the dead because of him. It was the man from the African coast that made it happen, it was Didier Drogba, who made Chelsea lift their maiden champions league title. This was not the first time that Drogba had turned around an impossible situation. The striker’s impact transcended football. He used his star status for much bigger and important things.
Didier Drogba was a cult hero at Stamford Bridge, a formidable striker who was the flag bearer for Chelsea Football club for as long as he played for them. He was born in Ivory Coast and bought up in France. He made his professional debut for Le Mans at the age of 18 and signed his first pro contract at the age of 21. Later he joined Guingamp in 2002 that was his first big break where he helped the club to avoid relegation to the 2nd division. He transferred to Marseille for the 2003-04 season, scoring 19 goals in 35 games to win the French Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
Ivorian footballer Didier Drogba joined Chelsea FC in July 2004 for £24 million. In his debut season, he helped the West Londoners to win their first league title in 50 years. Drogba’s contribution to this incredible attainment cannot possibly be undermined. The Ivory Coast icon would go on to win four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League in his time at Chelsea. He won the Premier League Golden Boot twice. He was among the “6 untouchable” players at Chelsea – Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ivanovic, Michael Ballack, and Ashley Cole. In November 2012, Drogba was named Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a poll of 20,000 fans. In his time at Chelsea, Drogba scored 104 goals, a record for the club. To this day, Drogba is regarded as one of the greatest and remains a Chelsea legend. Drogba’s career with Chelsea ended in storybook fashion when he scored the winning goal in a penalty shootout against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. Following his Chelsea career, Drogba enjoyed successful spells with Chinese Premier League side Shanghai Shenhua, Turkish club Galatasaray SK, and Arizona United Soccer Club Phoenix Rising Fc.
After a two-decade-long career, he retired from all forms of football at the age of 40 leaving a legacy behind Chelsea that still remains undermined. The centre-forward still remains as one of the greatest to play this beautiful game.