After playing in youth teams, Didier Drogba made his professional debut at age 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans and signed his first professional contract at the age of 21. After the end of the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille.
Here, he became the third-highest scorer in the 2003–04 season with 19 goals and helping the club. Ministry achieved the championship in the 2004 UEFA Cup final.
In July 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for a record of £ 24 million fees. This made him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his first season, he helped the club win its first championship in 50 years. A year later he helped his club won a Premier League title.
His performance was named in FIFA World XI in 2007. In March 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 goals in the Premier League.
Drogba won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2013
Only two months later, he scored in Chelsea’s FA Cup 2012 final against Liverpool. He became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals that season. He also participated in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final. He scored the decisive goal in the decisive match where Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties.
Drogba then moved to Shanghai Shenhua to China. After year and a half with Turkish club Galatasaray, Drogba returned to Chelsea in July. 2014. With a superb record of 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 titles at the club level, Drogba has been called the best striker in the club.
He joined the Canadian club Montreal Impact in 2015 as a designated player. The striker played 41 games in two seasons, scoring 23 goals. Drogba became a player-owner for the United Soccer League’s Phoenix Rising in 2017 and retired a year later at the age of 40.
In the national team colors, Drogba is the player scoring the most goals for Ivory Coast football. He scored 65 goals in 104 appearances. Drogba was part of the Ivory Coast team that reached the final of the African Nations Cup in 2006 and 2012 but was defeated on both occasions.