Didier Drogba Biography, Net Worth, Personal Life and Achievements

Didier Drogba Biography, Net Worth, Personal Life and Achievements

Didier Drogba Biography, Net Worth, Personal Life and Achievements

Stage Name : Didier Drogba
Full Name: Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
Occupation: Footballer 
Date of Birth: 11 March 1978
Place of Birth : Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Gender: Male
Nationality: Ivorian
Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian former professional football player who was born on March 11, 1978. He played as a striker. He scored the most goals of all time and was captain of the Ivory Coast national team. His time at Chelsea is what he’s most famous for. He has scored more goals for the club than any other foreign player and is now their fourth-best scorer of all time.
A poll of 20,000 Chelsea fans by Chelsea FC Magazine in 2012 named Drogba the club’s best player of all time. In 2020, Chelsea fans also chose him for the team of the 2010–2020 decade. He was known for being strong, fast, good in the air, throwing powerful and accurate balls, and keeping the ball in play.
He is considered one of the best African players of all time. African Footballer of the Year twice went to Drogba. He won the award in 2006 and 2009. This player has also won second place four times, come in third three times, and been in the top three nine times. Drogba played on youth teams before making his professional debut for Ligue 2 club Le Mans when he was 18. He signed his first professional deal when he was 21. After 17 goals in 34 games for Ligue 1 team Guingamp in the 2002–03 season, he went to Olympique de Marseille and scored 19 goals to finish third in goals scored in the 2003–04 season and help the team make it to the 2004 UEFA Cup Final. Drogba went to Chelsea from Real Madrid in July 2004 for a club record £24 million.
This made him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his first season, he helped the team win its first league title in fifty years. The next year, he helped them win another Premier League title. Because of how he played, FIFA named him to the World XI for 2007. He scored 100 Premier League goals in March 2012, making him the first African player to do so. After only two months, he scored in Chelsea’s win over Liverpool in the FA Cup Final in 2012. He became the first player (and, as of 2017, the only player) to score in four different FA Cup finals.He also played in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, where he tied the game in the 88th minute and won the spot shootout against Bayern Munich.
He then played for six months with Shanghai Shenhua in China and for one and a half seasons with Galatasaray in Turkey, where he scored the winning goal in the final of the 2013 Turkish Super Cup. In July 2014, Drogba returned to Chelsea. Drogba has been called the “ultimate big game player” because he has scored 10 goals in 10 finals and won 10 awards at the club level. He became a Designated Player for the Canadian team Montreal Impact in 2015 and played in 41 games and scored 23 goals over the course of two seasons. In 2017, Drogba became a player-owner for the Phoenix Rising of the United Soccer League. He quit the next year at age 40. He was made a member of the Premier League Hall of Fame on April 21, 2022.From 2002 to 2014, Drogba played for the Ivory Coast national team. From 2006 until he retired, he was captain of the team and scored 65 goals in 105 games, making him the team’s all-time top scorer. Ivory Coast’s first trip to the FIFA World Cup was under his direction, and he scored their first goal there. After that, he led Ivory Coast to the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

He played for Ivory Coast teams that made it to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012, but lost both times on penalties. He said he was retiring from international football on August 8, 2014. Drogba quit professional football in 2018 when he was 40 years old.

Drogba was involved in many social problems in Africa and was very important to the peace process in his own country. He was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Program in 2007. In December 2018, he was named Vice President of the international group Peace and Sport.

Early Life

Drogba is from the Bété group of people. His parents sent him to France to live with his uncle, professional football player Michel Goba, when he was five years old. He was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Drogba soon missed Abidjan, though, and after three years he went back. His mom gave him the nickname “Tito” after her favourite president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito.

He played football every day in a city parking lot, but his time back in the Ivory Coast didn’t last long. His parents both lost their jobs, so he went back to living with his uncle. His parents also moved to France in 1991, first to Vannes and then to Antony in the suburbs of Paris in 1993.

That’s when Drogba, then 15, came back to live with them and his brothers. It was here that he joined a neighborhood youth football team and started playing team football more often. Then Drogba joined the semi-professional club Levallois.

He became known as a prolific scorer on the youth team and impressed the coach with how serious he was. His play won him a spot on the senior team, but the 18-year-old Ivorian didn’t impress Jacques Loncar, the coach of the first team, even though he scored in his first game.

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International Career

As the team’s star player, Drogba helped the Ivory Coast make it to their first FIFA World Cup, which was held in Germany in 2006. Following the win over Sudan that secured their spot in the World Cup, he gave an emotional message to the camera that helped end the Ivorian civil war and led to a cease fire.

Drogba led the Ivory Coast to their second Africa Cup of Nations final in February 2006. He scored the only goal in their semi-final match against Nigeria and the game-winning penalty kick in their record-tying 12–11 quarter-final win over Cameroon. But Egypt beat them 4–2 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie. Essam El Hadary, the Egyptian goalie, stopped Drogba’s shot.

The Ivory Coast was put in a “group of death” at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, along with Serbia and Montenegro, the Netherlands, and Argentina. Drogba scored the first goal of his career and of his country’s history in the 2006 World Cup. It happened in the first game, which was against Argentina on June 10, but his team lost 2–1. The Ivory Coast was out of the World Cup after their next game, a 2–1 loss to the Netherlands. However, they came back from being down 0–2 to beat Serbia and Montenegro 3–2. Drogba watched from the sidelines because he had been suspended for two games for picking up yellow cards in the previous two games.

In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, the Ivory Coast was put in a group with Nigeria, Mali, and Benin, which was thought to be a weak team. Drogba scored two goals in the group stage. He scored the first goal in both the 4–1 win over Benin and the 3–0 win over Mali. Drogba scored again in the quarterfinals, this time in a 5–0 win over Guinea. The last four goals came in the last twenty minutes.

Egypt beat Ivory Coast 4–1 in the semi-final, which was a repeat of the 2006 final. It was the end of the road for Drogba and the Ivory Coast. The Drogba team lost 4–2 to hosts Ghana on February 9, ending their playoff run.

The Ivory Coast made it to the 2010 FIFA World Cup thanks to Drogba’s six goals in five friendlies. Drogba scored one goal in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, a 3–1 win over Ghana in the group stage. The Ivory Coast made it to the quarterfinals, but Algeria beat them 2–3.The 2009 African Footballer of the Year award was given to him in March 2010. It was his second time getting the award.

Drogba got hurt in a friendly match with Japan on June 4, 2010. He hurt himself when defender Túlio Tanaka hit him hard. He broke the ulna in his right arm and had surgery the next day to try to make it to the playoffs. FIFA let Drogba play in Ivory Coast’s first group game against Portugal on June 15, 2010, even though he had a cast on his broken arm.

The game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium finished in a tie with no goals scored. Drogba came on in the 65th minute. Drogba scored a header in the 78th minute on June 20, 2010, against Brazil in a World Cup match. He was the first player from an African country to score in a World Cup match. The Ivory Coast lost 1–3. The Ivory Coast was kicked out of the competition on June 25, 2010, even though they beat North Korea 3–0 in their last game.

Angola, Burkina Faso, and the Ivory Coast were all put in the same group for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. This was Drogba’s first goal for his team in the event. It was also his only goal in the group stage. In the quarterfinals, Drogba scored twice in a 3–0 win over Equatorial Guinea.

However, he missed a penalty kick that would have given him a hat-trick for the game and the event. In the semifinal, which Ivory Coast won 1-0 over Mali, he did not score. Drogba missed a penalty kick in the last 15 minutes of the final game against Zambia. They lost for the second time in a row in a penalty shootout.

He was put on the Ivory Coast’s team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June 2014.He played his 100th game for his country in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina before the event. His team lost 2–1 and he scored a penalty kick in the loss. In Ivory Coast’s first game, they were down 1-0 to Japan at halftime and he came on as a replacement. Les Éléphants scored twice in the first five minutes after Drogba arrived to make the score 2–1. Drogba revealed his retirement from international football on August 8, 2014. He had scored 65 goals in 105 games.

Personal Life

He got married to Lalla Diakité, a Malian woman he met in Paris, and the two of them had three children. Isaac is his oldest son. He was born in France in 1999, grew up in England, and has played in the Chelsea youth squad. In February 2018, he signed with the French team Guingamp.

Two of Drogba’s younger brothers play football too. Their names are Joël and Freddy. Fredy, who was born in 1992, joined Dijon FCO of Ligue 1 and played for their youth team.A true Roman Catholic, he is. His uncle, Michel Goba, is also a professional football player and plays for Ivory Coast. His cousin, Michel’s son Kévin Goba, is also a professional football player and played in France’s lower leagues.

In a post on Instagram, Drogba revealed that he and his wife Lalla were getting a divorce. He also said that it was their mutual choice. In general, I don’t talk about my personal life. To put an end to the rumours going around today, I can state that Lalla and I broke up last year after 20 years of being together. Keep in touch, and our main goal has always been to protect our kids and our family’s private life. God bless you.

Net Worth

The Ivorian football player Didier Drogba has a Net Worth of $90 million. Didier Drogba used to make $15 million a year, which made him one of the best-paid soccer players in the world.

Awards

Marseille

  • UEFA Cup runner-up: 2003–04

Chelsea

  • Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15
  • FA Cup: 2006–07,2008–09,2009–10, 2011–12
  • Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07,2014–15; runner-up: 2007–08
  • FA Community Shield: 2005,2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011–12

Galatasaray

  • Süper Lig: 2012–13
  • Turkish Cup: 2013–14
  • Turkish Super Cup: 2013

Phoenix Rising

  • Western Conference (USL): 2018

Individual

  • Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2006, 2008,2012
  • Africa Cup of Nations Top Scorer: 2012
  • African Footballer of the Year: 2006,2009
  • Alan Hardaker Trophy: 2007
  • Barclays Spirit of the Game Award: 2015
  • BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2009
  • BBC Goal of the Month: October 2009
  • CAF Team of the Year: 2005,2006,2009, 2010, 2012
  • Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year: 2007
  • Chelsea Player of the Year: 2010
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2006–07
  • FA Community Shield Man of the Match: 2005
  • FA Cup Final Man of the Match: 2010
  • FIFPro World XI: 2007
  • FWA Tribute Award: 2015
  • Globe Soccer Awards Off the Pitch Award: 2022
  • Golden Foot: 2013
  • GQ Sportsman of the Year: 2012
  • IFFHS All-time Africa Men’s Dream Team: 2021
  • Ivory Coast Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2012
  • Ligue 1 Goal of the Year: 2003–04
  • Ligue 1 Player of the Month: January 2004, May 2004
  • Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2003–04
  • Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2003–04
  • MLS All-Star: 2016
  • MLS Player of the Month: September 2015, October 2015
  • Montreal Impact Top Scorer: 2015
  • Onze d’Or: 2004
  • Onze de Bronze: 2007
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2006–07,2009–10
  • Premier League Hall of Fame: 2022
  • Premier League Most Assists: 2005–06
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2006–07 Premier League, 2009–10 Premier League
  • Time Top 100: 2010
  • Turkish Footballer of the Year: 2013
  • UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match: 2012
  • UEFA Cup Top Scorer: 2003–04
  • UEFA President’s Award: 2020
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2007
  • UNFP Trophy of Honour: 2019
  • West African Footballer of the Year: 2010

Records

  • Most goals scored by a non-English player: 164 goals
  • Most goals scored in Cup Finals: 9 goals.
  • Most goals scored in European club competitions: 36 goals.
  • Most Premier League hat-tricks: 3 hat-tricks (shared-record).
  • Most Premier League goals in a season: 29 goals in 2009–10
  • Most Premier League Golden Boot wins: 2 (2006–07 and 2009–10).
  • Most Premier League away goals scored in a season: 15 in 2009–10.
  • Most goals in all competitions in a season by a foreign player: 37 goals in 2009–10.
  • First player to score a Champions League hat-trick.
  • Oldest player to score in the Champions League: 36 years, 8 months, 14 days.

Other

  • Most assists in the Premier League by an African player: 54 assists.
  • Most goals and assists combined for with another player in the Premier League: 36 with Frank Lampard
  • One of seven players to score an opening weekend Premier League hat-trick.
  • One of six players to score a hat-trick in consecutive Premier League games.
  • The only player score in and win both English domestic cup finals in the same season.
  • The only player to score in three League Cup finals
  • The only player to score in four FA Cup finals.
  • Most goals scored at the New Wembley Stadium: 8 goals.
  • Most goals scored in UEFA club competitions by an African player: 50 goals.
  • Most goals scored in the Champions League by an African player: 44 goals.
  • Oldest African goal scorer in the Champions League: 36 years and 259 days old.
  • Most appearances in Champions League by an African player: 94 matches.
  • Most goals scored for an English team in the Champions League: 36 goals with Chelsea.
  • One of eleven players to score hat-tricks for multiple clubs in the Champions League.
  • Ivory Coast national team all-time top scorer: 65 goals

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