Chelsea FC: Didier Drogba's Five Greatest Goals for the Blues
A player who was looking destined to leave Chelsea in the summer after falling down the pecking order has delivered a string of brilliant individual displays to secure himself a regular first-team spot.
Drogba had been in poor form this season and looked a shadow of his former self. Moreover, with new manager Andre Villas-Boas looking to inject youth into the aged squad, it meant Drogba spent most of his time on the bench. With contract talks coming to an end without fruitful results, Drogba was expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.
But after two stunning performances, the Ivorian has already shunted Torres back to the bench. His performances have led Chelsea to reconsider his contract extension and extend his stay at West London.
In the following slides we celebrate the temperamental striker's return to form with a look into his top five goals for Chelsea over the years.
Screamer Against AC Milan, World Football Challenge, 24th July 2009
A goal from 35 yards against the Rossoneri in the World Football Challenge is one of the Ivorian's best goals of all time.
With just seven minutes on the clock, Drogba delivered a thunderous wonder-kick to give Chelsea the lead. The score was later equalized but Chelsea went on to win the match 2-1 with the help of a goal from Yuri Zhirkov. They also were crowned the champions in the tournament.
Manchester United, Wembley Stadium, FA Cup Final, 19th May 2007
Didier Drogba's solitary winner was the only good thing to happen in the 2007 FA Cup final.
This final was the first to be played in the new Wembley, and Drogba made it a memorable one by scoring the winner and helping his club secure their second Cup in the new millennium.
With the match looking all set for a penalty shootout, Drogba converted a brilliant one-two with Frank Lampard to score the only goal of the match as United goalie Edwin van der Sar looked on helplessly.
Winner Against Arsenal, Emirates Stadium,FA Cup Semifinal, 18th April 2009
This was another memorable goal from Drogba and one of his more than a dozen goals against Arsenal.
This one holds a special place as it helped Chelsea defeat Arsenal 2-1 to advance to the 2009 FA Cup final, which they won eventually.
After a Walcott goal had put the Gunners in front, Chelsea equalized through Malouda. None of the team appeared impressive enough to win the game and it seemed only penalties could break the deadlock, and then a sudden burst from Drogba saw him overcome the Arsenal defenders as well as goalie and score the winner in the 84th minute.
The goal was enough for Chelsea to secure their way to the final.
Thunderous Goal Liverpool, Stamford Bridge, Premier League, 17th September 2006
Equaliser against Liverpool
This one goal ranks up very high in Drogba's best of all times.
The fiery Ivorian received the ball just outside the Liverpool box with his back turned to the goal. He took the ball in his chest, turned around lightning fast and volleyed the ball into the corner of the Liverpool goal. So quick were his action that it left the Reds goalie Pepe Reina standing shocked.
The goal was more than enough for a 10-man Chelsea to hold on to and earn a victory.
Scorcher vs Everton, Goodison Park, Premier League, 18th December 2006
Drogba's Scorcher Against Everton
Once more Chelsea's feared striker took upon the role of the hero as he scored a last-moment winner against Everton.
The West Londoners had been trailing until Lampard squared things up at Goodison Park. Chelsea had been harrowed by an industrious Everton side and the match looked all set for a draw. Then in the 87th minute Drogba chested down a flick from Shevchenko, swiveled and sent a 35-yard stunner right into the Toffees' goal.
The wondrous striker was enough for his team to register a win and convert a first-half disaster into a second-half triumph.