Judge him when he leaves the club.
Eight years on, it is time to answer that question. Was £24 million too much or too little?
|Maiden Strike against Crystal City|
Drogba leaves Chelsea having scored 157 goals in 341 appearances, the fourth all-time highest scorer. However, his big game pedigree is seen in his nine strikes in nine cup finals for the club. With three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, two Carling Cups and finally, the all important Champions League in his resume, which Club would not want him, even at this age of 34?
|The sending off in Moscow|
Maybe the lowest point in his career was the sending off in the 2008 Champions League Final against Manchester United for a silly slap on Vidic. However, considering greats like Zidane have done things which are even more silly, there was change it could be forgiven and forgotten, especially with time on his side. And forgotten it was, as he has since proved how much he has matured since that night in Moscow. But it definitely took time.
Just next year, following the exit to Barcelona, Drogba was sent off yet again for arguing with the referee, who had visibly favoured Barcelona in not one or two, but five penalty calls in the last ten minutes of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
|Most beautiful goal I have ever seen|
|Against United 5 minutes from time|
He may be criticized for going to the ground too soon, but who doesn't do that? I wonder why people fail to see the 'performances' of Sergio Busquests and Dani Alves. I always think of what Drogba did as being smart work, something which frustrated the opponent so much, also running down the clock in the process.
|The 'Why always me' celebration|
|"That is what won the trophy" ;)|
As a team we have accomplished so much and have won every single trophy possible. Saturday was a very special moment for everyone at the club and for all the fans, and I am very proud to have played my part in bringing many trophies to this club, which has been my home for the last eight years.I agree this is the right time for him to leave Chelsea. Leaving on a high. Something every player must dream of. The Drog leaves the club a hero. A warrior. A legend.