The best moments of Didier Drogba’s Chelsea career


Didier Drogba, who has announced his retirement from football, proved himself the man for the big occasion during his two spells with Chelsea.

Signed from French side Marseille back in 2004, Drogba's first stint at Stamford Bridge lasted eight years.

He went on to make 226 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 100 goals.

In 2012 he left Chelsea, starting an adventure in China before eventually ending up in Turkey with Galatasaray.

Drogba's time in England wasn't over in 2012, however, as in 2014 he returned to the Bridge, making a further 28 appearances for Chelsea in the league, scoring another four goals.

Here, Press Association Sport have taken a look at some of the best moments the Ivory Coast striker enjoyed during his career, which included helping Chelsea win the Premier League four times and the Champions League in 2012, as well as four FA Cup triumphs and three League Cup victories.

Undoubtedly, it was Chelsea's Champions League win that sent Drogba's popularity into orbit.

The Ivorian's 88th-minute header took the final into extra-time and, fittingly, it was the striker who struck the winning penalty in the shoot-out.

This wasn't the first final Drogba turned up in, though, as he successfully saw off London rivals Arsenal in the League Cup back in 2007.

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Drogba scored both goals, including the winner six minutes from time, as Chelsea came from behind to beat Arsenal.

That wasn't all for Drogba, however, as he experienced more success in the Blues shirt, scoring goals in FA Cup finals and helping them to secure Premier League and cup glory.

Drogba scored the winner in the 2007 FA Cup with just four minutes of extra-time remaining after playing a one-two with Frank Lampard.

Drogba’s 59th-minute free-kick clinched Chelsea their first league and cup double in the 2009/2010 season.

Drogba became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals as Chelsea lifted the trophy for a fourth time in six years.

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