Didier Drogba finally revealed what most had already come to learn yesterday; that he was leaving the club after eight brilliantly successful years.
His record of 157 goals in 341 games along with three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two Carling Cups make him one of the club’s all-time greats, while he added a Champions League winners medal to that glorious bounty on Saturday in the most dramtic fashion to end his Blues career on a high.
So with Drogba ready to swap west London for China, GMF is here to run down the great man’s top five moments in a Chelsea shirt.
Goal against Manchester United, FA Cup final, 2007
The big man’s personal favourite moment in his career, Drogba’s strike against Manchester United in extra time in the first ever FA Cup final held at Wembley to complete a domestic double is one of his most famous for the club.
With 90 goalless minutes already gone and the game just four minutes away from a penalty shoot-out, Drogba rounded off a well-worked one-two with Frank Lampard to stab the ball past the onrushing Edwin van der Sar. Sheer bliss for the Chelsea fans
Goal against Spurs, FA Cup Semi-Final, 2012
A season which Drogba has described up until Saturday as his and Chelsea’s worst in some time started to turn when the 34-year-old opened the floodgates in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.
Up until his goal the contest was a tetchy affair, but his moment of sheer class opened the game up and Chelsea went on to record a convincing 5-1 win to set up a day of destiny against Liverpool
Winning penalty against Bayern Munich, Champions League Final, 2012
The peak of his career in a blue shirt came with his final strike for the club – his Champions League penalty.
Drogba has said since that he knew Chelsea had won the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on Saturday before his spot-kick, but in front of the watching millions he calmly placed his effort beyond Manuel Neuer to stun the Allianz Arena and send Chelsea’s travelling support wild.
A moment so good he realised he could never top it and decided to call it a day in west London.
Volley against Liverpool, Premier League, 2006
Drogba has always been a ferocious striker of the ball, but against Liverpool he demonstrated he had technique to go with his brute strength.
Picking up a long ball with his back to goal, Drogba rolled Jamie Carragher to manoeuvre himself into space before swivelling and slamming home a brilliant half volley. One of the finest of his career, although his strike against Everton in the same season wasn’t too shabby either.
Hat-trick against Wigan, Premier League, 2010
When Manchester City took to their title bid to final game of the season this month it was a tense affair, with two dramatic strikes required in the last few minutes to ensure their first league crown in 44 years.
Back in 2010 and with Drogba on board Chelsea had no such trouble in wrapping up the title on the last day as the Ivorian bagged a hat-trick against Wigan, winding up with the Golden boot award as well. The title that year proved to be his last league success.