Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba reminisced on his first arrival at Stamford Bridge fifteen years after putting pen to paper for the North London side.
The 41-year-old perfectly captured what his arrival at Stamford Bridge was like, describing how the words of former coach Jose Mourinho in the midst of disbelief from some quarters provided a soft landing for what will turn out to be a legendary career.
Already fifteen years ago they said you were crazy to sign me,
you just answered:
“ Judge him when he leaves the club”
The rest is history
Thank you @chelseafc thank you Mr Abramovitch, thank you José, thank you @premierleague and all the players I shared the badge with 💙 pic.twitter.com/rKNf0sUWHT
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) July 20, 2019
“’Already fifteen years ago they said you were crazy to sign me, you just answered: “ Judge him when he leaves the club,” The rest is history”’ he revealed on Twitter.
Drogba joined the London club in 2014 from Marseille £24m and went on to score 104 Premier League goals in 254 appearances, consequently winning the League’s Golden Boot twice alongside four League titles.
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 20, 2019
The Ivory Coast legend was the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals and the first player to score in four separate English FA Cup finals.
In all, he made 381 appearances for the Blues over two spells with the club, scoring 164 goals and also winning three League Cups, four FA Cups and one Champions League title.
He went on to express appreciation to Russian club owner Ibrahimovich, former coach Jose Mourinho, players at the time and the entirety of the club and Premier League.
“Thank you Chelseafc thank you, Mr. Abramovich, thank you José, thank you Premier League and all the players I shared the badge with,” He concluded in his tweet.