Happy Birthday to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba: The man for the biggest occasion

Didier Drogba will go down in history as one of the greatest foreign strikers the Premier League has ever seen. 

March 11 marks his birthday and this year, the legendary Ivorian turns 42.

So now seems like the perfect time to celebrate everything he achieved on the football pitch before hanging up his boots in 2018.

Drogba will be remembered most for his time at Chelsea, spending nine years of his career at Stamford Bridge. 

During that time, he won it all and was regarded as the man for the big occasion, often scoring very important goals in major finals. 

He scored 10 goals in his debut Premier League season, helping Chelsea to win the title in 2004/05. 

Drogba and his teammates then secured back-to-back titles 12 months later. 

The following season he helped deliver the FA Cup and League Cup – scoring in BOTH finals. That’s when his reputation for being the man for the big occasion really started. 

Chelsea’s 2009/10 season saw them win the double. Drogba netted 29 goals to win the Premier League golden boot and he also scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final – again. 

But the 2011/12 season is the one he’ll be remembered most fondly for. 

During the era that Drogba played for Chelsea, he formed a spine with Petr Cech, John Terry and Frank Lampard. 

Each man was regarded as one of the best in their position for many years and together, they dreamed of winning the Champions League. 

The quartet had come close on numerous occasions, even losing the 2008 final on penalties. By 2012, it started to seem the dream was fading.   

That was until Drogba dragged Chelsea to the final against Bayern Munich.

The Blues were underdogs against their German opposition, attempting to win the European Cup in Bayern’s backyard. 

But we all know how it went, with Drogba popping up to score an 88th-minute winner before cooly sweeping home the winning penalty to deliver Chelsea the Champions League. 

Absolutely iconic. Oh, he also scored the winner in the FA Cup final that season, too. 

Drogba actually left Chelsea at the end of that season and three more trophies at Galatasaray, where he won the league, Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup.  

The Ivorian returned to west London in the 2014/15 season, helping Jose Mourinho win yet another Premier League and League Cup with Chelsea. 

Spells with two MLS clubs followed before Drogba eventually hung up his boots for good at the age of 40, retiring as a Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend. 

So on his special day, there’s only one thing left to say: Happy 42nd birthday, Didier!

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