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Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker for American club Phoenix Rising FC. He is the all-time leading scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has actually scored more goals than other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth greatest goal scorer of all time. He has been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.
After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21. After ending up the 2002– 03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, he transferred to Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third greatest scorer in the 2003– 04 season with 19 goals and helped the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.
In the summer season of 2004, Drogba transferred to Premier League club Chelsea for a club record ₤ 24 million charge, making him the most costly Ivorian player in history. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later on he won another Premier League title. In March 2012, he ended up being the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals, and also became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals the same year, when he scored in Chelsea’s win over Liverpool in the 2012 final. He also played in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, in which he scored an 88th-minute equaliser and the winning penalty in the deciding shoot-out versus Bayern Munich. After investing 6 months with Shanghai Shenhua in China, and one and a half seasons with Turkish club Galatasaray where he scored the winning goal in the final of the 2013 Turkish Super Cup, Drogba went back to Chelsea in July 2014. With a career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 trophies at club level, Drogba has been described as the “supreme big game player.”
An Ivory Coast global between 2002 and 2014, Drogba captained the national team from 2006 till his retirement from the Ivory Coast team and is the nation’s all-time top goalscorer with 65 goal from 104 appearances. He led the Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament, and also scored their first goal. He later on captained the Ivory Coast at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He became part of the Ivory Coast groups that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012, but were beaten on penalties on both events. On 8 August 2014, he revealed his retirement from international football.