By Richard Animam
Ivorian striker Didier Drogba came to England after his eye-catching exploits in France. Coach Jose Mourinho fell his artistry and brought Drogba to England.
The Ivorian did not waste time to stamp his authority in England and his goals quickly paid dividends and with that endeared himself to the heart of Chelsea fans. With fame came a lot of things.
First was his Â£14.5m mansion, his fleet of cars, a lifestyle of luxury and the spotlight.Â Like the gladiators, Drogba loved the spotlight. Each time he is inside the stadium, something in him goes for the extra ordinary.
The early season formation adopted by the Dutchmanâ€™s successor, Carlo Ancelotti, allowed Drogba to play close to Nicolas AnelkaÂ and he locked into an incredibly consistent run of scoring. By Christmas he had found the net 18 times in 21 games with only seven blank matches among them.
During that run he e scored his 100th Chelsea goal on his 225th appearance and scored twice in a 3-0 defeat of Arsenal away.
All was going well at the point and the team had a clear lead in the league table but there followed a December downturn in results before Drogba signed off for a month of international duty with a goal at home to Fulham.
There is no doubting the fact that football has been very good to the Ivorian striker.