Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (born March 11, 1978) is an Ivorian striker who retired from professional football. He is the all-time leading scorer for the Ivory Coast national team and a former captain. He is best renowned for his stint with Chelsea, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth all-time goal scorer. Chelsea fans chose Drogba to their team of the decade from 2010 to 2020. In 2006 and 2009, he was named African Footballer of the Year for the second time. Drogba made his professional debut at the age of 18 with Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract at the age of 21. He came to Olympique de Marseille after ending the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, where he was the third greatest scorer with 19 goals and helped the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final. Drogba joined to Chelsea for a club record £24 million deal in July 2004, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. He led the club win its first league title in 50 years in his inaugural season, and a year later he won another Premier League title. His performances earned him a spot in the FIFA World XI for 2007. He became the first African player to reach 100 Premier League goals in March 2012. He became the first (and, as of 2017, the only) player to score in four different FA Cup finals when he scored in Chelsea’s 2012 FA Cup Final triumph over Liverpool. He also appeared in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, scoring an 88th-minute equalizer and the winning penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich. Drogba returned to Chelsea in July 2014 after spending six months with Shanghai Shenhua in China and one and a half seasons with Galatasaray in Turkey, where he scored the winning goal in the 2013 Turkish Super Cup final. Drogba has been dubbed the “ultimate big game player” for his career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals and winning 10 trophies at club level. He joined Montreal Impact as a Designated Player in 2015 and played 41 games for the team over two seasons, scoring 23 goals. Drogba joined the Phoenix Rising of the United Soccer League as a player–owner in 2017 and retired a year later at the age of 40.
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