ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Where Are They Now? Didier Drogba

Updated on February 2, 2014

Drogba Nets The Champions League Winner

Source

Didier Drogba

From coming from Marseille to Chelsea for 24M dollars to scoring that penalty vs Bayern, Didier Drogba has had an amazing career at Chelsea Football Club. He has won Man Of The Match for the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield. He has won the EPL golden boot twice and was Chelsea's man of the year in 2010. Since that magical moment vs Bayern, he has moved on to China in attempt to be the Chinese David Beckham. The project failed miserably, and by the end of the season, Drogba was back in Europe, this time plying his trade with Galatasaray in Turkey.

Joining Shanghai Shenhua

Drogba joined Shanghai after leaving Chelsea Football Club at the end of the 2011-12 season as a free agent. He was set to make £200,000 a week with Shanghai, making him one of the highest paid players in the world at the time. Before Drogba arrived, Shanghai ended the season in 11th place (out of 16), and ambitious owner Zhu Jun wanted to see the Chinese club become one of Asia's elite teams. Shenhua brought in Drogba along with friend and Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka, and had former Argentina boss Sergio Batista lead the team.

Drogba's First Season With Shanghai

While it would be nice to say that Drogba has made Shanghai a success, that would be a stretch. Shanghai finished the season in 9th, with Drogba as their leading scorer with nine goals in league play. While Drogba didn't make an amazing impact on the pitch, jersey sales and attendance have gone straight up. Shanghai's attendance went up 51%, but to only 14,761 on average (in an 33K stadium), lower than the league's average attendance. Drogba scored his first goals on August 4th vs Hangzhou Greentown netting two. By January, things had turned bad, with Drogba complaining about unpaid wages. This would spark a move for both Drogba and his teammate Nicolas Anelka, the latter would join Juventus on loan (in January of the 12-13 season) before signing for West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League for the 13-14 season.

Move to Galatasaray

After a short spell in China, Drogba moved back to Europe, joining Galatasaray on a free transfer. Shanghai Shenhua complained that this violated their contract with Didier, however FIFA granted Drogba approval to play for the Turkish club.Drogba featured in Gala's Süper Lig and UCL matches, most notably scoring a beauty vs Real Madrid, and helping the club to win the Turkish League while making the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

Updated 13/14 Season (So Far) - Drogba's second season at the Turkish club started off slowly, with Galatasaray only taking one win from their first five matches, before being bashed by Real Madrid 6-1 at home. The season would pick up as September turned to October, and two solid performances versus Juventus in the UCL gave the team a trip to the Round of 16 for the second time in two years. League form would pick up too, although the club has struggled to be the front runner in the title race, and has spent most of the season so far in second. Going into February, Drogba was the second leading scorer on the team behind Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz, and has put his name back on the list of elite European strikers. Drogba continues to play for the Ivory Coast, and is just two caps away from 100 caps for his country.

How Well Do You Know Didier?

view quiz statistics

Did Didier Drogba Make The Right Move Leaving Chelsea?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • nlazar profile imageAUTHOR

      N. Lazar 

      5 years ago from USA

      @Ccahill

      Even I got only a 3/5!

    • charmike4 profile image

      Michael Kromwyk 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for updating us on the where Drogba went and how the team performed. I think it was a good move for him and Chinese soccer, similarly to the concept of Marque players in the Australian A-League...it helps to promote the game and drives attendance as well as lifting the quality of the league. Cheers Michael

    • CCahill profile image

      CCahill 

      5 years ago from England

      Cheers, i was curious about how Drogba was doing, i was suprised to hear he wasnt destroying everybody in China tho

      0/5 god i did awful :D

    • nlazar profile imageAUTHOR

      N. Lazar 

      5 years ago from USA

      Shanghai in a way is just like Chelsea. They have a mogul owner who doesn't allow stability. The richest owner may decide to sell Drogba, which is what he has been hinting at, if he doesn't get a bigger share in the club. It will all come down to how this plays out.

    • profile image

      Richard-Murray 

      5 years ago

      If you consider the Beckham project in LA drogba is doing fine. The first two years with Beckham, LA was poor, then in the third year, everything clicked. Next year is the true test. If Shanghai qualify for the AFC champions league or even better win the chinese league then all is well. It is like Eto'o. People laughed and thought i was crazy when i said anzhi would be a big team. Now look at Anzhi. They could win the russian super league and can progress in the Europa league. These switches take time.Ronaldhino coming back to brazil. Henry is no different with Redbulls. It takes time for these players who come from UEFA's top clubs which are highly organized and engaged to upstart clubs in foreign lands.

    • internpete profile image

      Peter V 

      5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      It is fun to read about how drogba is doing in China. He is certainly making plenty of money! I think it is typical that strikers start slow when they move to a new team, like Robbie Keane at LA. But the quality will always start to show once they are settled.

      Very interesting hub, voted up and shared

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)