Drogba was voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player by the West London club’s supporters in 2012, weeks after winning the club their first ever European Cup.
Having scored both the equalising goal, and the winning penalty, in the Champions League Final, Drogba departed the club as a legend, winning 10 trophies in eight years with the Blues. Despite his waning influence in the last years of his career at Stamford Bridge, the Ivorian’s presence was missed in the two years following his departure, as Fernando Torres failed to step up into Drogba’s void.
He made a surprise return to the club over the summer, signing a short-term deal as back-up to first-choice forward Diego Costa, and, although the 36-year-old has featured less regularly than he did in his first spell with the club, he still netted three goals in three games last month to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho. In the absence of Costa and second-choice Loic Remy, Drogba stepped up to the rigours of the Premier League to lead the line against Manchester United, scoring the opening goal at Old Trafford - a goal that was remarkably similar to his Champions League equaliser.
The now-retired Ivorian international will be 37-years-old when the current season ends, and, having only signed a one-year deal upon his return to Stamford Bridge, the forward hinted that he will be leaving at the end of the campaign, claiming that he has just ‘one more year’ to win trophies with Chelsea.
Speaking to the Standard, Drogba said: “This year the key for me is to enjoy my football and to be with my team-mates and to win trophies.
“There is one more year to go so let's do it, let's win more trophies, let's make history again.”
It would be a wise move for both the club and player, with Drogba unlikely to make an impact on the top flight at such an increased age. However, he signed in the knowledge that playing time would be limited this term, and it may be hard for the Blues to find a top class striker willing to be third choice, despite reported interest in Benfica prospect Anderson Talisca.