Meet Them…

Ten things you might not know about him:
1. The 2007–08 season began badly for
Drogba as he expressed doubts about the
departure of manager José Mourinho. He
was reportedly in tears when Mourinho
told him he was leaving the club, and said
Mourinho’s departure destroys a certain
familiarity we had at the club.
2. In October 2012, he was voted by. Chelsea supporters
as the club’s greatest ever player.
3. In the summer of 2004, Drogba moved
to Chelsea for a club record £24 million
fee, making him the most expensive
Ivorian player in history.
4. In 2006–07, Drogba scored 33 goals,
won the Premier League Golden Boot and
scored the winning goals in both
the League Cup and FA Cup finals. He won
the FA Cup for a second time in2009,
scoring the equaliser in the final, and
in 2009–10 was instrumental in Chelsea
clinching their first double, winning his
second Golden Boot and scoring the only
goal in the 2010 FA Cup Final. In March
2012, Drogba scored his 100th Premier
League goal, the first African player to
reach the milestone.
5. Drogba has captained the national team
since 2006 and is the nation’s all-time top
goalscorer with 62 goals.
6. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009.
7. At the age of five was sent to France by his parents to live with his uncle, Michel Goba.
8.His mother nicknamed him “Tito”, after
president Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, whom she admired greatly.
9. Both of his parents lost their jobs and he again returned to live with his uncle. In 1991, his parents also travelled to France; first to Vannes and then settling in 1993 at Antony in the Paris suburbs, at which point the 15-year-old Drogba returned to live with them and his siblings. It was here that he
began playing team football more frequently, joining a local youth side.
10. Drogba became Chelsea’s top scorer in European competition, the two goals he scored putting his tally at 17, beating Peter
Osgood’s record of 16. Drogba was sent off in the 117th minute of the Champions League Final for slapping defender Vidić, becoming only the second player to be sent off in a European Cup final.

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