Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has named the best XI players he faced as a professional football player.
The ex-Spain international included Premier League legend Didier Drogba, and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Notably missing from the list is Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 38-year old retired player won three UEFA Champions League titles, six La Liga titles amongst others whilst in action for Barcelona. On the international scene, he earned 100 caps for Spain, and lifted the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup.
The former player told The Times his best XI. He mentioned Gianluigi Buffon as his best goalkeeper. Then he picked former Inter Milan right back Javier Zanetti, AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini and Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos as the best defence set-up. In midfield, Puyol named Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, and Zinedine Zidane. In front, he named Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba and Sergio Aguero.
He could not name Lionel Messi, as they were long-term teammates at Barcelona before he retired. However, back in 2011, the player made bold the proclamation that Messi was the best player in the world. He said:
“They [Messi and Ronaldo] are both great players but in my opinion Messi is the best in the world. He [Ronaldo] is one of the best. He’s a player who can make the difference and he has been scoring many goals. In my opinion, he’s the most important player in Real Madrid.”
This statement might make it surprising that he eventually did not name Ronaldo on his best XI, except he deems the three-time Ballon d’Or winner not good enough for his list. Puyol’s list mirrors beliefs that the La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga have a certain edge over the Premier League over the years, particularly in recent seasons.
Mauro Biello has revealed that Didier Drogba did not turn up for this weekend’s home game because he was angry.
Drogba was nowhere in sight as the hosts reached the ground and the first word which came from the Montreal camp to explain the absence of the star was the ‘back niggle’.
But, the manager came up with the actual reason later as he blamed Drogba of not being a sport after he got the news of his axe from the XI.
Biello was quoted as, “Didier actually asked to be excused from the match when he came to know he was not going to be on the pitch from the first whistle of the referee.”
“He definitely had that niggle you have been told about, but, he could have carried that. It’s just due to his unwillingness to be a substitute that he opted himself out.”
As per Biello, this kind of thing can’t earn his appreciation because in his opinion, one’s job as a player is to support and cheer for his team mates as well and not only to do well for himself and be happy about himself. However, the 44-year old Canadian wants the matter to be sorted calmly and everyone to get over that.
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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has stated that he has convinced Eric Bailly to sign for Manchester United instead of Manchester City.
Manchester United is currently managed by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho which Drogba greatly appreciates.
Eric Bailly has revealed that he is a great friend of Didier Drogba and that the latter has suggested him to join Manchester United. He said that the former Chelsea player had told him how it is to work under Jose Mourinho and how he will develop as a player if he plays for him. Bailly said that he has chosen to play for Manchester United partly because of what Didier Drogba has told him.
Didier Drogba and Eric Bailly are both from Ivory Coast and enjoy some great friendship off the pitch. The new Manchester United player stated that Didier Drogba is a great fan of Jose Mourinho and that he is always talking about his former manager. He said that this has motivated his decision to join Manchester United.
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Former Chelsea player Didier Drogba is set to take part in the planned charity game in Turkey.
The retired Ivory Coast international confirmed his participation at the star studded Samuel Eto’o charity event. Eto’o is organizing the game along with his club side Antalyaspor as they have agreed to allow the player use the Antalya Arena for the charity game.
The former Chelsea and Barcelona player started the charity far back in 2006. The charity aims to provide basic healthcare as well as improve on social inclusion in West Africa. The player will have players from both clubs present at the event. Five time Ballon D’or winner Lionel Messi, Iniesta, Neymar, Ardan Turan and former Barca star Xavi will be available for the game.
Chelsea play maker Eden Hazard will join Chelsea legend Drogba and other football stars at the event to represent the Chelsea side. The game is set to take part on July 16, 2016.
Drogba is set to captain the Chelsea side in the encounter. Same Drogba is named among the players that will star for the Major League Soccer all stars alongside David Villa, Andrea Pirlo in the Pre season game against English Premier League side Arsenal FC. The game was decided through an online vote on the league’s website and is set for California at the end of July. The online vote was allowed fans of the league to choose their 10 favourite players to line up against the visitors. Arsenal planned two pre season games for the month as part of preparations for the forthcoming season.
New York City player Villa was not voted but earned his spot on the star studded team through an EA Sports campaign. Brazilian Kaka is also set to feature in the game against Arsenal, after the Gunners play RC Lens in France in their first pre season fixture on July 22.
Chelsea FC Legend, Didier Drogba was absent from Montreal Impact practice Tuesday, though there was nothing unexpected about it.
The Ivorian star striker was scheduled to return from London, Montreal coach Mauro Biello said, and a decision will be made Wednesday about his availability to play against the LA Galaxy on Saturday
Drogba went to London this past weekend to visit his family and reportedly to attend to matters involving his charitable foundation after a hip injury left him unavailable for the Impact’s 2-1 loss at Orlando City SC on Saturday. While he was out there he also had treatment for his injury, which he sustained during the second half of Montreal’s 1-1 tie against the Philadelphia Union on May 14. Biello made comments on the injury. He said:
“We got the results of the MRI and it’s a mild strain of the hip flexor.
“He did some work in London and we’ll see [Wednesday] how he is, how he reacts, and then we’ll make a decision on if he’ll play or not.”
Drogba left in the 70th minute against Philadelphia after scoring for a third straight game three minutes in. He has four goals in seven games this season and 15 goals in 18 games since joining Montreal last season. Continue reading “DIDIER DROGBA MIGHT MISS THE LA GALAXY GAME”
Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba couldn’t save his current club, Montreal Impact, as they crashed to fellow MLS side, Toronto FC.
The team which were off to a fairly good start with just two losses in six games lost in the striker’s first start of the season after returning to full fitness. The club were in first place before the encounter but have dropped to second place due to goals’ difference. Philadelphia currently lie at the top of the league with same 12 points as Impact but a higher goal difference of three over Impact’s two.
Didier Drogba finally made his first start of the season. The 38-year-old legend opted to sit out for four of the first six games this year because they were played on turf, and he was not very fit for the games due to the injury that kept him out since the pre-season. On grass, he played a sub twice — once in Dallas and then last week in Chicago where he delivered an equalizing goal only minutes
after coming on.
Many fans were expecting the Impact to struggle out of the gate this year because Drogba wasn’t playing. After all, last season, before Drogba arrived, the Impact were limping along and didn’t appear to be on track for a playoff spot but Drogba’s presence nearly single handedly turned it around. Continue reading “DIDIER DROGBA COULDN’T SAVE IMPACT AS THEY LOST TO TORONTO”
Didier Drogba continues making outstanding performances and for a player who is 38 years old, the Ivorian attacker has truly managed to mark his name in the history-books of football. The veteran player is mostly known for what he accomplished with his former club, Chelsea where he was able to lift the Champions League and 4 Premier League titles as well as other European titles.
It was with Chelsea where Didier Drogba managed to make a name for himself by scoring over 250 goals but his impact continues being felt as he transcends other clubs and still is a hugely influential player even as he joins different teams and squads from over the world.
Drogba’s latest club is Montreal Impact as the Ivorian player joined the Major League Soccer outfit on July of 2015 and he was even named as one of the best performers of the American league in his debut season. The 38 year old player became the first player in the history of MLS to score a hat-trick in their first league start and this just shows the impact that Drogba is able to make with a club that he has never performed in.
The veteran player is having an ongoing issue with MLS and it’s in relation to playing in artificial pitches as he says that it hurts his knees and he has missed out from a number of matches for Montreal Impact.Drogba will only play matches in artificial matches if these are hugely important but he will mostly be staying away from these kinds of pitches and this has even caught the attention of the MLS commissioner Don Garber. Continue reading “Are artificial pitches such a huge problem like Drogba say they are?”
Nicklas Bendtner reckons the only thing that is similar between him and the Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is that the two of them are quite genuine and like to say what they actually feel rather than being manipulative, but, success wise, Ibrahimovic is much, much ahead.
Ibrahimovic toppled Bendtner the other day when he found the back of the net twice for Sweden to help them secure a draw in second leg of European championships qualifying playoffs.
The first leg that had been played at the Friends Arena had gone in the favour of Sweden as they had emerged victorious there by a margin of 2-1. So, on aggregate, they remained ahead and that ensured their passage to the main tournament.
Bendtner, at the conclusion of the tie, spoke highly of Ibrahimovic and showered praise on the star striker for having as brilliant a career as he has had in the game.
In the press conference, Bendtner was quoted as saying, “I am a bit similar to Zlatan in the sense that I am equally authentic and I don’t hold back with my words. But, that is it. I can’t match him as far as the success is concerned.” Continue reading “Nicklas Bendtner reckons the only thing that is similar between him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic”
Didier Drogba made his return to Stamford Bridge in July of 2014 and the main reason why the player stated that he decided on coming back to the Premier League club was to add more pieces of silverware to his collection and it doesn’t look like he will have to wait for a very long time before accomplishing his objective as Chelsea are leading the way in the Premier League.
“I’m not coming here to break records; I just want to win trophies. Five years is a long time not to win the Premier League, so I want to win it. To lift the Premier League trophy is a fantastic feeling and we haven’t experienced it for a few years, it’s too long for a club like ours.’’
“I missed the Premier League, which for me is the best in the world. It’s true the German league is on the way up but the English league has been the best over the last decade and I’m really looking forward to playing the first game.” Didier Drogba told the media as the experienced player stated that he missed being able to compete and having the chance to win the English title.
The contract of Didier Drogba expires at the end of the current season but even when his playing career at Stamford Bridge concludes, Jose Mourinho has stated that the player will be given a permanent job at the Premier League club. Continue reading “Didier Drogba made his return to Stamford Bridge in July of 2014”