On 4 August, he scored his first two goals in a 5–1 win against Hangzhou Greentown. His displays saw him named in the FIFA World XI for 2007. It would be during Drogba's time at Chelsea that he would earn his reputation, however.  In September 2011, Drogba joined the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission as a representative to help return peace to his home nation. Drogba retired later that month at the age of 40, but remained with his final club to work on their bid to join MLS. In his prime, the 6 feet 2 inches striker was one to fear.  His mother nicknamed him "Tito", after president Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, whom she admired greatly. , On 15 February, Drogba scored his debut goal for Galatasaray just five minutes after coming off the bench against Akhisar Belediyespor in a match that ended 2–1. Their eldest son, Isaac, born in 2000, signed to the Chelsea academy as a youngster before leaving for Guingamp in February 2018. Born in Ivory Coast #1.  This occurred just a week after a similar incident against Fulham where the goal was disallowed. Drogba's time in Montreal fizzled out before joining Pheonix Rising as a player, but also as an owner.
 Drogba scored his second goal of the season in a 2–1 victory against CFR Cluj in the UEFA Champions League, while his first Premier League goal of the season came in a 2–0 win against West Bromwich Albion in late December 2008. Through struggle and hard work, Ivorian professional footballer and legendary Chelsea Football Club striker, Didier Drogba, who is one of the most decorated players in the history of Premier League, has become a household name following his many achievements both on and off the field of play. Drogba also previously donated a £3m fee he earned through a sponsorship deal with Pepsi to pay for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan. (Relationship, Boyfriend), Who is Jey Uso from The Usos?  Drogba said, "It’s a big honour and pleasure for me to be linked with Bono and try to help him save some lives. , Drogba began the 2009–10 season in fine form for Chelsea, netting a penalty during a shoot-out win in the Community Shield over Manchester United, before scoring twice in a 2–1 victory over Hull City. At age 15 Drogba became an apprentice with second-division Levallois, outside Paris, and then in 1997–98 he moved to Le Mans FC, where in his second season he signed as a professional. Drogba is estimated to be worth around $90 million and has worked with some of the world's largest brands in Samsung, Pepsi, Adidas, Nike and Konami. Drogba celebrated his 40th birthday Sunday, March 12. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title.  He scored his 50th goal in European football against Schalke 04. It is not hyperbole to say Didier Drogba did both and helped to end a civil war. Most goals scored for an English team in the Champions League: 36 goals with Chelsea. Didier Drogba is a 42 year old Ivorian Footballer.
Some years later Drogba went back to his parents in Ivory Coast but he could not stay long with them, due to the fact that his parents lost their jobs so he went back to France. Currently, he is playing for the American club, Phoenix Rising FC whom he signed on 2017 and is also the owner of the club, making him the very first owner and player in the history of the game. Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (French pronunciation: [didje dʁɔɡba]; born 11 March 1978) is an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker.  However, on 30 January 2013, Shenhua released a press release that Drogba would unilaterally breach his contract if he were to join Galatasaray. (Age, Bio, Family, Boyfriend, Stats), Daniel Ricciardo Salary and Net worth; Who is his Wife? Most Premier League away goals scored in a season: 15 in 2009-10. In doing so, he not only collected his third League winner's medal but also won the Golden Boot for the season, his second time doing so, by topping the chart with 29 league goals, beating Wayne Rooney to the title who remained on 26 goals. They renamed the new stadium Stade Didier Drogba in his honour. Most Popular #9370.  He then scored a glancing header against Blackburn on 24 October 2009, bringing his tally to eight goals in eleven appearances, scoring his third goal in as many games.  After the Ivory Coast qualified for the 2006 World Cup by defeating Sudan on 8 October 2005, Drogba made a desperate plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a cease fire after five years of civil war. Drogba finished fourth in the Ballon d'Or voting in 2007, was named Chelsea's Player of the year in 2007, and was named to the 2016 MLS All-Star team. ", "The Record of Didier Drogba the Chelsea Legend", "Where Didier Drogba Ranks Alongside Africa's 20 Best Strikers", "Master Blaster: Drogba has edge over Ronaldo in perfect free kick delivery", "The Top 15 Best Shooters in World Football", "Let the Celebrations Commence: The Art of Soccer Celebrations", "Drogba, Messi and Ronaldo the best I've faced – Pique", "Puyol: Drogba was the toughest opponent I faced", "Man United ace Chris Smalling names Chelsea legend as toughest opponent", "Nemanja Vidic Names His Toughest Opponent", "Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny hails Chelsea star Didier Drogba as 'toughest Premier League striker, "Didier Drogba's 17-year-old son Isaac joins French Ligue 1 side Guingamp", "The younger Drogba joins French club Dijon", "Vatican pays tribute to soccer star Didier Drogba", "Football : " Pour moi, Drogba c'est d'abord mon cousin ".  It was later revealed that he had been suffering from malaria for at least a month.
Both of his parents lost their jobs and he again returned to live with his uncle. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he's not protected by history or what he's done for this club previously. His annual salary is estimated to be more than $15 million playing for his current club.  On 3 March, club technical director Adam Braz announced that Drogba would not play matches on artificial turf to begin the season due to possible implications on his knee..  On 17 June 2009, UEFA subsequently handed him a six-game European ban with the final two games suspended. Drogba also played for Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising. , —Teammate Frank Lampard on Drogba (who scored nine goals in nine finals for Chelsea) delivering in big games. However, his first two years there were marred by injuries and he was physically struggling to cope with the training and match schedule.  On 11 August, he scored the only goal in the 2013 Turkish Super Cup against the same opponents, and he scored two second-half goals in a 2–1 away win against fellow city rivals Beşiktaş on 22 September, although the match was abandoned due to hooliganism from fans of the opponents.  The season was a personal success for Drogba as he hit 33 goals in all competitions (more than his tally in the previous two seasons combined), including 20 in the Premier League to win the Golden Boot. In December 2007, Drogba was voted fourth (after Kaká, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year. Others inspire people. What happened in Nigeria yesterday, today breaking news, news today 2020, Asuu news, Buhari News, welcome to Linda Ikeji's blog. He had three children with his wife Diakite Lalla, whom he married on June 11, 2011, and his two younger brothers Joel and Freddy Drogba began playing soccer competitively as well. – Maç Detayları TFF", "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2004", "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2005", "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2006", "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2007", "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2008", "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2009", "Chelsea striker Didier Drogba receives 'Spirit of the Game Award' after donating all his commercial earnings to charity", "History of the BBC African Footballer of the Year award", "Can you name every goal of the month winner in Premier League era? The house also has a trophy room specifically made to the Ivorian striker’s taste. He is also a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  On 7 August, he scored with a powerful 40-yard free kick against LA Galaxy reserve side which was followed by his classic knee-slide goal celebration in front of the bench. The ban then was reduced by one match after an appeal by Chelsea. In July 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. – Maç Detayları TFF", "GALATASARAY A.Ş. Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast #1. Mourinho also commented on the transfer, saying: "He's coming because he's one of the best strikers in Europe.
The house covers 8,600 square foot of area and has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. But this season is the last.  Carl Anka writes, "torn by religious and political tensions, Drogba seized a unifying moment for his country and invited TV cameras into the Elephants changing room where he made a speech to the camera. In March 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals. At age five Drogba was sent to France in the care of an uncle, a professional footballer. Didier Drogba is estimated to be worth around $90 million. At the end of the season, he was bought by Chelsea as the club's then record signing for £24 million. There was discussion whether Drogba had the intention or not to injure his rival. I started late at the top level. Among the highlights were scoring game-winners from outside the penalty area against Liverpool, Everton and Barcelona, a 93rd-minute equaliser against Barcelona at the Camp Nou and both Chelsea's goals in their 2–1 League Cup final win over Arsenal. , Drogba is married to Lalla Diakité, a Malian woman whom he met in Paris, and the couple have three children together.  His involvement in the peace process led to Time magazine naming Drogba one of the world's 100 most influential people for 2010. One of eleven players to score hat-tricks for multiple clubs in the Champions League.  Drogba has two younger brothers who are also footballers: Joël and Freddy Drogba. Drogba lost his place to Daniel Cousin due to injury, then upon his return, he failed to score throughout the remainder of the season. The debate also called into question an earlier incident on 26 November 2006 where Drogba elbowed Vidić.  Carl Anka writes, "Local derbies, top four six-pointers, title challenges or cup finals — if the game was big, Drogba got bigger". However, he returned to form the following season, scoring five goals in 21 appearances. , Drogba came on as a substitute for Anelka against Manchester United in the Community Shield, but could not help prevent Chelsea from succumbing to a 3–1 loss. He did not score in the semi-final in which the Ivory Coast beat Mali 1–0.  Sir Alex Ferguson remarked: "As far as I was concerned, he [Drogba] won the Champions League for Chelsea. There are buttons below for this (easy to use too)! I'm 40, it's time now.".
, In June 2014, Drogba was named in the Ivory Coast's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is also the cousin of former Birmingham and Celtic defender Olivier Tebily. He scored his 100th goal for Chelsea in a 3–1 defeat against Wigan Athletic. He is the first African player to reach that landmark. ", Drogba is often ranked one of the top three greatest African strikers, with, "Some players win trophies. Getty Images  In Galatasary's derby match against Istanbul rivals Fenerbahçe on 12 May, Drogba and his Ivorian teammate Emmanuel Eboue were subjects of racist chants from opposing fans in the team's 2–1 loss, but no fine or bans were handed down to the supporters or the club. , At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Ivory Coast were drawn in a "group of death" with Serbia and Montenegro, the Netherlands and Argentina.
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