Seven Reasons Didier Drogba Is Africa’s Most Extraordinary Gentleman Alive
Just so you know, supposedly you haven’t considered – the caption of this piece has every condiment there’s to match-up… and lightheartedly so (spoiler alert).
Honestly, trying to analyze and do a legit appraisal of Didier Drogba’s impact on football in entirety would be somewhat bereft of wholeness, at least much likely unless you share same brains with Sheldon Cooper, I’m afraid not.
He has done a lot for football and even scarily revered the more from an African standpoint, off the pitch too. I’ll provide reasons, quite resounding ones, definitely.
The Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend has bagged many individual honours and singlehandedly won the Blues many trophies. He drew the curtain on his Chelsea career after playing his last game for the Blues this year in what seemed a pretty good season for the London club. [But we aren’t fully going to discuss that].
Let’s now consider how he’s carved a niche for himself as being one of the greatest (scratch that), Africa’s most extraordinary gentleman alive.
You may have a diverging opinion, which is fair enough but let’s zoom in on my pick for now – Didier Drogba Yves Tebilly.
His wetlook wave is steadily withering but he’s not. Ageing players have indicatives that their time is clearly drawing nigh. Some have their cues occurring incessantly through series of injuries and a drastic loss in form. Others put on weight from continuous savoring on the bench.
Drogba is different. He doesn’t play too badly, at least he got a handful of goals even in his second spell after globetrotting (from China to Turkey et al), neither does he increase in weight (proper athlete shape); he’d rather see his ‘wetlook wave’ fade away as much preferable off the sides of his head than the aforementioned primary indicatives. It fades by day. Indeed an extraordinary trait.
His moniker is ‘The Drog’ not Tito.
I’m betting my last penny on whoever creates a fictional series on sale in the comic bookshop called ‘The Drog’, it should bang! Though the origin of the nickname is quite oblivious, it definitely conveys the fear he imposes on defenders. He bullies his way through them like some battering ram, in his heydays.
Yes he’s The Drog, what else matters? It is noteworthy that Drogba’s mother initially gave him an alias in his childhood, ‘Tito’. He was nicknamed after President Josi Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, a man she admired so much. But The Drog would soon shove it down.
He’s officially Chelsea’s greatest player of all time
In October 2012, Didier Drogba was voted by fans as the club’s greatest player ever. Few months ere this period, he held the UEFA Champions League trophy by its ears and brought it to Stamford Bridge – the first and only time any London club has managed such feat.
He equalized with a fine header late in the game and importantly converted the ultimate penalty in the shootouts, piercing Bayern Munich fans through their hearts with a drog-esque double-edged sword. The Drog reduced them to their knees. Oh dear! How emotional it was.
He has a beautiful bag of enviable records
The Drog has won the African Player of the Year on two separate occasions in 2006 and 2009 (look away Eto’o and Toure – they’ve got three and four respectively). He’s Ivory Coast all-time topscorer and most expensive Ivorian ever. Drogba became the first African player to reach 100 goals in the Premier League. Drogba is the first player to score in four separate FA Cup finals. Google the rest, mate, the guy has got all there’s and there’s not.
Didier Drogba is 37 years!
This may particularly poke a nerve amongst a section of readers. For an African to play active football even at 37 years, well that’s very rare. On the average African footballers retire around the ages 29-33 for many obvious reasons. Playing top level football at such age, tells why Drogba is extraordinary. He ticks the box for want of better description. He’s incredible.
Drogba’s confrontation with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo is up there
If you don’t remember this incident, I believe you’ve missed a lot on football than you can imagine. A scene not so pleasant to an inspiring career – Chelsea fans would almost sing his praises for standing up to Ovrebo against Barca in 2009 Champions League semi-final clash.
He got fed up and tempers flared, though the sight was a bit awkward, the fans who felt ill-treated by the ref cheered him on. Later he was punished by Uefa. For letting his adrenaline flow, that alone is enough to check the box. Give it to him, once more.
Drogba is a devout Christian, peacemaker, philanthropist… and easygoing than you!
Drogba is well-known for bringing an end to a five-year civil war in Ivory Coast. After qualifying the country to their maiden World Cup in 2006, he asked all combatants to lay down their arms and cease fire. A plea which was adhered to, by all parties involved. Such a man.
He’s a devout Roman Catholic. Drogba also donated £3 million signing on fee as endorsement by Pepsi to set up hospital in his native Abidjan. He’s also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP. Drogba’s charity works are simply uncountable.
If you think he’s nonchalant, get a tape of how he was whisked off the pitch by his colleague players in his final game of the season as he feigned an injury. Still not convincing? Wait, he led the choreography and selfie-session as the players marched up to receive their medals. To Drogba, age is just a number.
So well, how many other extraordinary African footballers have you come across since time immemorial who are at par with The Drog?