What is Didier Drogba’s net worth today?
|Net Worth||$90 million|
|Born||Mar 11, 1978|
|Country Of Origin||Ivory Coast|
|Source Of Wealth||Professional Football Player|
Dubbed as Chelsea’s hero 2012, Didier Drogba is an Ivoran retired professional player who played as a centre forward.
Nicknamed, “King” during his spell at Chelsea, the soccer star is one of the best players in Africa to play in the English football league.
Also, he is one of the top football icon in Africa.
Didier Drogba Personal Life
Childhood and Early Days
Didier Drogba was born on 11th March, 1978, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
The Ivoran grew up with his parents till he was 5 – when his parents decided to send him to France – where he lived with his uncle “Michael Gina,” who was a professional football player.
However, the forwarder returned three years after to his country after reportedly feeling ill.
“Tito”, as his mother used to call him was compelled to return to France again after his parents lost their jobs.
In 1991, his parents later joined him in Europe.
Didier Drogba was more keen on becoming a registered chartered accountant rather than being a professional football player.
When his parents came and settle in Paris suburb of Antony, Didier love for the game grew and thereafter, the Ivoran started training in parks, streets and any football centre he was opportune to.
Nevertheless, the attacker has successfully became a registered chartered accountant after obtaining his Accounting Degree at 21 years.
Didier Drogba was happily married to his sweetheart, Lalla Diakitea, a native of Mali.
The union has produced three (3) lovely children.
Likewise, his eldest son is currently on his way to professional football – joining a host of other family relatives who are footballers.
The Ivoran is a Roman Catholic Christian by religion.
In 2021, the attacker confirmed that his marriage with Lalla is over.
This came after a video of him with another woman went viral via social media.
Drogba was rather slow in Kick-starting his football Career as he had to wait till 21, before making a meaningful impact on his professional career.
The striker had played for several local teams before joining the average ones like
Levallois football club.
The Ivoran spell at Le Mans football club – a french association football team, was averagely successful.
But nevertheless, he made his first mark at the french club despite having had goal scoring inconsistency.
The football star joined League One outfit –
Guingamp on a deal worth 80,000 pounds.
The attacker started slowly – particularly in the first season, then blossom to life in the following one – were the Ivoran striker scored 17 goals in 34 appearances.
Olympic Marseille subsequently signed him the following season for a transfer fee worth 3.3-million-pound.
However, the soccer star only played for year – scoring a total of 19 goals for the French Giant.
History was made when Chelsea FC signed the Ivoran striker for a fee of 24 million pounds.
Interestingly, football pundits at then, called it (the deal) a gamble of money.
Despite starting on a low key, the football player helped Chelsea to win the league – a feat the club have not achieved for the past 50 years prior to his arrival.
Thinks began to click for the striker as he subsequently won the golden boot in the 2006-07 season with 33 goals.
Albeit being in sparkling form with the blues, the soccer football player was accused of gross misconduct ranging from aggressive tackling to intentional handballs.
One of the effects came to play in 2008 UEFA champion league, where he sent off for slapping Vidic – a match where Chelsea loss to Manchester United.
The attacker grew better with (his) On-Pitch behaviour but his progress was hampered by injuries.
Notwithstanding, the striker won a league double between 2010-2011 season and crowned it up with a UEFA Champions League in 2012.
Additionally, the soccer star has scored 104 Premier League goals, won 4 FA Cups and 3 League Cups in his two spells at Chelsea.
Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray
Drogba signed for Shanghai Shenhua (from Chelsea) and played for only 11 months before heading back to European football in turkey as Turkish based club, Galatasaray signed the former Chelsea icon for €4 million in 2013.
In turkey, the Ivoran striker won the Turkish Super Lig in 2012/13 season and Turkish Cup in 2013/14.
Further more, the forwarder won the 2013 golden foot award.
Chelsea, Phoenix Rising
The forwarder subsequently returned to Chelsea for one final year – where the Ivoran won the 2015 Premier League.
The attacker retired from football after playing his last soccer campaign with Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising – a club which the former Chelsea ace currently owns, scoring 14 goals in 22 matches.
The professional footballer made his Ivory Coast debut in 2002.
The former Chelsea hero helped his country to qualify for their first ever World Cup tournament in 2006.
He has also participated in various African Cup of Nations edition and is currently Ivory Coast’s all time record goal scorer with 65 goals in 104 appearances.
Also, he won the 2006 African Footballer of the Year award.
Didier Drogba: Net worth and Biography – Net Worth
Didier Drogba’s 2021 net worth is estimated to be around $90 million.
The Ivoran earns around $15 million annually and has an endorsement deal with the popular drink company – Pepsi.
Charity and Foundations
Aside tormenting defenders and goalkeepers in field, the soccer attacker has a very generous lifestyle.
The forwarder is widely known to be one of the personalities that contributes to National peace in his country.
Due to his philanthropic gestures, the Chelsea hero was honoured as the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador – leveraging the position to donate funds worth millions of pounds for charity.
More so, the footballer is the grand founder of Didier Drogba Foundation – which was created in 2017 to battle poverty and improve general conditions of life for the less privileged.
Additionally, the striker played a vital role in the battle against the Ebola pandemic.
Favorite Quotes from Didier Drogba
“This is the reward of all my hard work, but also a sign of encouragement that I can still get better. I know that I am capable”. – Drogba
“Everyone knows Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Messi, not only me but for some, it’s hard to recognize that.” – Didier Drogba
“Most Barcelona fans are kids who have watched football for the first time yesterday” – Didier Drogba
“I’m a very lucky player. In three years my life has changed. I was on the bench in the second division and step by step, year after year, I worked and I know where I want to be and I enjoy my life. I think this is the best year of my life.” – Didier Drogba
“I have won many trophies in my time, but nothing will ever top helping win the battle for peace in my country.” – Didier Drogba
“I think finals are there to be won, you know the feeling of losing a final is really bad. I prefer to lose a semi-final, quarter-final because I know I will forget… But the feeling of losing a final stays here forever. Even if you win two, three, four, five it stays. You know, I’m too scared to lose, so I give everything to win.” – Didier Drogba
“When I arrived in France, I cried every day. Not because I was in France – I could have been anywhere – but because I was so far, far away from my parents.” – Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba: Net worth and Biography – Conclusion
Didier Drogba is arguably the best player in Africa and one of the most successful in the world.
Watching him tormenting defenders was a joy that most football fans – especially Chelsea, reveled in.
Also, he is among Africa’s top 10 richest footballer in the world and was officially labelled a hero during his 2012 campaign with Chelsea.
Interestingly, he has scored 10 goals across 10 different finals, winning 10 trophies.
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