The undoubted star of the Ivory Coast team and one of world football’s most potent strikers, Drogba began his career as right-back for a youth team in the French port of Dunkirk where he spent time living with his uncle.
It did not take long before he realised his natural position was as a forward and goals for Abbeville and Levallois earned him his first professional contract with Le Mans. A spell with Guingamp saw him score 16 goals in 26 games and earned him a move to Marseille, where he won the 2003/04 France Footballer of the Year award.
A £24m transfer to Chelsea followed and he played a leading role as they won back-to-back Premier League titles under manager Jose Mourinho. More trophies followed, culminating in this year’s double and the Golden Boot award for being the leading scorer in the Premier League.
Drogba has been equally prolific at international level with nine goals providing the qualifying impetus as Ivory Coast reached their first World Cup in 2006 and he also scored their first in the finals when he netted against Argentina.
A father of three, he promised to donate a £3m fee he received to promote a soft drink to help build a hospital in Abidjan.
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