Didier Drogba. DIDIER. DROGBA. Just what be said to sum up the Ivorian’s quality and impact as a striker on modern football? A trailblazer for his continent, one of Chelsea’s all-time greats and a figure recognised across the planet for his achievements, Drogba really is the complete striker.
He’s capable of deft finishes, explosive drives and hold-up play, which he’s shown through the years in some of the biggest games of the Blues’ history.
Goals are of course the currency of the best strikers, and the now 37-year-old averaged close to one in two during his first spell with the Londoners, which included some truly special and memorable efforts.
So sit back, relax and take a trip down memory lane as we look back at the TOP TEN Drogba goals..
Drogba scores big goals. He’s made a habit of getting himself in the right place at the right time through his career, and that often pays off when the stakes are high. In the 2007 League Cup final against Arsenal he used all of his power to head a floated Arjen Robben cross past Jens Lehmann. Not a bad way to start this list!
Another cup final, another decisive Didier Drogba goal. The game was, on the whole, a drab affair, but the Ivorian popped up with a moment of pure class as he combined with Frank Lampard before poking the ball past Edwin van der Sar.
Bit of a theme recurring here… This time Drogba showed his dead ball expertise at Wembley to steer home a beautiful free-kick. Pompey battled valiantly in the capital, but the African star’s contribution was decisive in the 1-0 victory.
Pre-season friendly? Drogba takes no prisoners no matter what the occasion, as Milan found out here. John Terry laid the ball to the Ivorian a full 40-45 yards from goal, he turned, looked up and drove it into the far corner of the net in typically powerful fashion.
A full illustration of Drogba’s power and explosiveness in one goal. The Chelsea man muscled William Gallas aside, took a neat touch and pinged the ball into the Tottenham net. You just don’t stop goals like that.
A header from a corner? Not exactly spectacular. But this one makes it on the sheer magnitude of the moment and the eventual outcome. Thomas Muller had netted on the 83-minute mark for Bayern, but just over 300 seconds later, Drogba did what he always does best!
Poor old Jussi Jaaskelainen… he didn’t have a hope of stopping this one. Drogba picked up the ball on the flank about midway into the Bolton half. Nothing on, right? Well he breezed into a central position before releasing a 40-yard rocket that dipped, fizzed and flew past the stranded Finn.
At the height of the Chelsea vs. Liverpool rivalry games were fraught and full of meaning. That makes this Drogba effort stick in the mind of all Blues, who reflect on the way it wiped the smile off of Rafa Benitez’s face. Not even Pepe Reina could get close to this left-footed half-volley.
If the goal against Liverpool was good, this one is from another planet. 35 years out, not much on, Drogba has a crack. GOAL! Not even two goalkeepers would have been enough to stop this strike, which really encapsulated what a special player the African hero was during his peak era.
Yes, a penalty in a shootout is, for us, the best Drogba goal. His last touch during his first stint as a Chelsea player was a coolly taken effort that clinched the club’s first ever Champions League win. After hauling his side back into it in normal time, it was fitting that Drogba had the final say!