On this day in 2012: Club legend Drogba ends Chelsea dynasty

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Friday 20 June 2014

On this day in 2012: Club legend Drogba ends Chelsea dynasty

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Didier Drogba leaving Chelsea for Shanghai

  • Didier Drogba won three Barclays Premier League titles during his Chelsea career

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

20 June 2012 - Chelsea legend Didier Drogba signs for Shanghai

Didier Drogba's eight-year Chelsea career came to an end as he moved to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Ivory Coast international's last kick of the ball in a Chelsea shirt was the decisive penalty in a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final.

Drogba scored exactly 100 Barclays Premier League goals for the Blues in 226 appearances during an illustrious career at Stamford Bridge and said: "It has been a very difficult decision for me to leave Chelsea but the time is right for a new challenge for me.

"Winning the Champions League was key - that was the turning point. I am very proud to have played my part in bringing many trophies to this club," added Drogba, who was about to become a free agent at the end of his Chelsea contract.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Drogba helped the Blues win three Barclays Premier League titles and was top scorer in the competition twice. He also collected four FA Cup winners' medals and two in the League Cup.

Drogba scored eight goals in 11 appearances for Shanghai but the following January moved to Turkish club Galatasaray on an 18-month deal.

He hit 13 goals in 37 apperances in the Turkish Super Lig and was able to play at Stamford Bridge again when his side met Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League last season.

Drogba was selected in Ivory Coast's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Chelsea legend Didier Drogba left the club after a trophy-laden eight-year spell at Stamford Bridge