Chelsea FC: 10 Greatest Moments of Didier Drogba's Career at Stamford Bridge
Didier Drogba announced yesterday that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge, and while the discussion of replacements is bound to take place soon, let us first reflect on the wonderful career of Drogba.
He has been a magnificent servant to the club and deserves his final moment in the spotlight as Chelsea bid farewell to a man who has been their hero on multiple occasions.
Drogba finishes his career at Chelsea with multiple trophies and 126 goals to his name. With the Blues' recent win in the UEFA Champions League, Drogba has won all four major titles—the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and now the Champions League. He has also won the Golden Boot Award twice in his time in the English Premier League.
Simply put, he has done it all, and will surely go down as one Chelsea's greatest strikers in history. Like every other player in the world, he has had his moments of failure and disappointment, but has also had his moments on top of the world with success and glory.
Here's the ten greatest moments from the magnificent career of Didier Drogba.
10. Scores hat-trick on final day to claim 2010 English Premier League
Needing a win on the final day of action to win the 2010 English Premier League, Drogba netted a hat-trick and was named Man of the Match in Chelsea's 8-0 drubbing of Wigan Athletic.
9. Scores wonder goal vs. AC Milan in 2009
Kids, you can try this one at home, just don't expect to be able to do it. Drogba's incredible strike from around 35 yards against AC MIlan in 2009 remains for me his greatest goal ever and one of the top moments from his career.
8. Scores goal in semifinal of 2012 UEFA Champions League vs. Barcelona
Drogba's goal in Chelsea's semifinal against Barcelona in the opening leg wasn't a memorable one, but as far as significance goes, there are few like it. The goal gave Chelsea the belief that they could triumph over the highly-favorited Barcelona and claim their first Champions League trophy.
7. Winning goal and Man of the Match Award in 2007 League Cup vs. Arsenal
Starting to develop a knack for scoring big goals in even bigger games, Drogba's brace against Arsenal in the 2007 League Cup final showed once more why he was such an important player to Chelsea. He was named Man of the Match for his performance, with the winning goal in the final ten minutes of play over Chelsea's fiercest rivals a moment to savor forever.
6. Wins the 2005 English Premier League in opening season with Blues
After transferring from Olympique de Marseille, Drogba made his mark immediately for Chelsea, scoring ten goals and winning his first Premier League trophy in his first season with the club.
5. Scores winning goal in 2010 FA Cup vs. Portsmouth
Drogba's magnificent free kick against Portsmouth in the 2010 FA Cup Final once again showed his brilliant skill, but also his ability to perform on the biggest of stages.
4. Scores equalizing goal in 2012 UEFA Champions League vs. Bayern Munich
Down 1-0 with five minutes to go, Chelsea's luck had seemingly run out. Bayern Munich had had 12 corners, Chelsea had just won their first for the match. And at the near post, Drogba somehow brought the Blues back on terms with a stunning header that sent the match in to extra time and sent North London in to hysterics.
3. Scores winning goal in 2007 FA Cup vs. Manchester United
After no goals for 115 minutes of play, the 2007 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United was destined to go to penalties. That was until Drogba showed up, and won the trophy for the Blues.
2. Scores winning penalty in 2012 UEFA Champions League vs. Bayern Munich
With what would be his final kick of a football for Chelsea, Drogba made it count by winning the UEFA Champions League—slotting home the winning penalty. After scoring in regular time, Drogba created history by winning the Champions League for Chelsea and bowed out of the game as one of the club's greatest ever servants.
1. Completing the trophy cabinet with Champions League success
And with that, Drogba finished his career with every possible title next to his name. He has won the Champions League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the English Premier League and joins an elite group of players to do so. He will go down as one of the greatest strikers in the modern game as his legacy at Chelsea continues to live on.
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