Footballer Profile – Didier Drogba

Post by Steve Yates

The greatest centre forward in the Premier League – or a diving, whinging, theatrical cheat who utilizes his elbows as significantly as his feet? Didier Drogba surely polarises opinions.

There is no doubt that, when he’s really on his game, Drogba can entirely overpower and dominate even the best central defenders. Physically strong, outstanding in the air, in a position to strike a dead ball ferociously and with a true predatory instinct inside the penalty region, he embodies everything that a genuine ‘centre forward’ ought to have – and he surely has that little bit of ‘devil’ in him as nicely.

Though born on the Ivory Coast in 1978, a lot of Drogba’s early life was spent in France and, even though constantly a footballer, he didn’t get his 1st expert contract until he was 21 years of age. Getting represented Le Mans and Guingamp, it was a big dollars transfer to Olympique de Marseille in 2003 that manufactured the player familiar to a wider audience, specifically as they arrived at the UEFA Cup Last at the finish of his only season with the club. It is a mark of the affect he created, though, that, even after just one time there, his identify is nonetheless sung by the neighborhood ultras and his shirt is framed in the regional cathedral.

Because signing for Chelsea in the summer time of 2004, Drogba has scored, at the time of writing, 109 objectives in 234 video games in all competitions – a extremely remarkable scoring ratio approaching a target each and every other game. Things haven’t often been straightforward for him at the club, although. Obviously the departure of José Mourinho in 2007 had a hugely detrimental impact on him and he was usually quoted as stating that he would depart the club. The arrival of, firstly, Gus Hiddink and, a lot more not long ago, Carlo Ancelotti fully revitalised his attitude, however, and his admiration of the new coach and his strategies has been truly expressed. Just as yet another Italian coach proved that Lampard and Gerrard could, in reality, play productively together in an England aspect, so Chelsea’s Italian has had no troubles in combining Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, who had formerly been regarded as incompatible.

Regardless of his clear talent, Drogba has no shortage of detractors amongst spectators and pundits in England. His obvious willingness to tumble theatrically in the penalty region with, at times, the bare minimum of make contact with, mixed with an aggression that sometimes helps make spectators shudder equally mean that opposition enthusiasts can always be relied upon to give the player a hostile welcome to their component of the pitch. This kind of is his aggressive nature that, as soon after the infamous conclude of the Champions League semi-last towards Barcelona previous season, he can discover himself in disciplinary difficulty.

Away from Chelsea, Didier Drogba has scored an exceptional 41 targets in 61 video games for the Ivory Coast, for whom he is captain. Ivorian Player of the Yr twice, as nicely as African Footballer of the 12 months in2006, he has played a significant rôle in the development of football in the country as well as doing work tough as a United Nations Advancement Programme ‘Goodwill Ambassador’. Like so many modern gamers, Drogba does a lot unheralded perform for charity, mostly via his personal Didier Drogba Foundation. It was not long ago announced that the player was giving the total of a £3 million endorsement payment to support build a new hospital in his birthplace, Abidjan.

At 31 years outdated, who is aware how considerably lengthier Didier Drogba can carry on to play in the whole-hearted method that he presently does? He’s surely doing anything he can to aid Chelsea capture their ‘holy grail’ of the Champions League trophy and his Ivory Coast staff to do effectively in their 2nd ever before Globe Cup finals appearance up coming summertime. And when he is terrorising opposition defenders, there are number of far better sights in the Premier League – as long as you are not a centre back, I suppose.

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