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Where Are They Now? Didier Drogba

Updated on February 2, 2014

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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.

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      N. Lazar 5 years ago from USA

      @Ccahill

      Even I got only a 3/5!

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      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

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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