Thursday, November 22, 2018
Former Ivory Coast player Didier Drogba spoke of the beginning of his career as a back, about his relationship with Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho when he was a Blues manager and his dream of life.
The player in Ivorian announced his retirement on Wednesday night to end his 20-year career.
Drogba, who grew up in Abidjan's Ivorian capital, moved to France at the age of six to live with his uncle. He entered Marseilles after 18 months with the Frenchman Gougamp in January 2002.
At age 40, he joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014, playing in his first 26 seasons, scoring 10 goals and making another 5.
Drogba played in two Chelsea rounds, the first from 2004 to 2012, then came back in 2014 and spent a season before moving to Montreal.
The midfielder had a history of Chelsea for the first time but had a total of 381 shirts with 164 goals and 86 others.
Chelsea's legend has won four Premier League titles – the Champions League once – the FA Cup four times – the FA Cup four times – the English Super Cup four times and the African Player of the Year twice in 2006 and 2009.
Drogba conducted an interview with Fox TV Fox, and the most prominent of the dialogue was as follows:
"What I remember was a young child always with his mother and father, my uncle lived in Europe, I was curious to see what was happening on the other side of the world, always bringing candy, balls or shirts."
"The idea of leaving Ivory Coast when I was six years old when my uncle and my wife came to Côte d'Ivoire came and my dad wanted to go to France to have a better chance to study," says Drogba.
"I was delighted to leave Ivory Coast and go to France until I arrived at the airport, saw sadness in front of my mother, I was sad as a child, everything changed."
"I was 11 years old when I started playing for a team for the first time in northern France in Dunkerque," he said.
"I started like a right back and scored a few goals. My uncle told me," Why do you play like a straight back? "
"When I moved to another city, I introduced myself as an attacker and fortunately I scored 40 goals this season and then things got better for me."
"Before joining Le Mans in 1998, I was in contact with several division teams and I did not get a positive response, but I did not," he said.
"Moving to Marseille was part of my dream. It was the best dream I've ever had."
"Mourinho changed my life, in 2004 I signed with Chelsea for £ 24 million," Drogba said, joining Chelsea.
"When someone gives you the chance to buy one of the best players in the world," he says, "no, this is the guy I want" makes you feel special. That changed my life, Mourinho, changed my life told me if you want to get the best out of you. Play with one of the best teams in the world and one of the best managers in the world. "
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