Didier Drogba with Romelu Lukaku after last night's Belgium-Ivory Coast friendly... pic.twitter.com/zRPnbSwLEI— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) marzo 6, 2014
Regardless of leaving the club almost two years ago, Drogba is still thought of as a Chelsea idol and his legacy will not be forgotten in a hurry.
Belgian international Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht a year prior to Drogba leaving. He learned a lot from the 35-year-old, and saw him as a mentor to his style of play.
The two powerful strikers are so alike in build, stature and style that Jose Mourinho’s decision to disregard the 20-year-old Everton loan star is bizarre – especially considering his scoring antics for the Toffees in the Premier League this season.
Speaking two days ago, Drogba stated that Lukaku is already better than what he was at the same age, adding that his future promises big things:
"It is flattering to see that he identifies with me.”
"He will do big things and it has already started. His progression is better than mine.”
"At the age of 19, he was at Chelsea. I was at Le Mans."
The game between Belgium and Ivory Coast was a cracker despite both strikers starting on the bench. Belgium raced into a two goal lead, before former Chelsea man Didier Drogba - who entered just after half-time - pulled one back moments after Lukaku had been introduced.
It was a barnstorming finish to the game, with both sides looking for another goal. However, it was former Leeds United man Max Gradel who grabbed a late equaliser for the Ivory Coast – with the match finishing 2-2.
Before the night was out, there was just enough time for the duo to grab a lasting memory from when they shared the pitch together with a cheerful looking photograph.
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