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Hall of Fame 2022 nominee: Didier Drogba

1 Apr 2022

See the Chelsea striker's best goals and achievements and why he was one of 25 players up for the vote

We are looking at the 25 nominees who have been shortlisted for the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2022.

The six players with the most combined votes from the fans and a Premier League Awards panel will enter the Hall of Fame. Fans had their say by voting up until 21:00 BST on Sunday 3 April.

Didier Drogba

Blessed with pace, power and skill, Drogba was instrumental in helping Chelsea to two successive Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06 after arriving in the summer of 2004. 

So often the man for the big occasion, the Ivory Coast striker saved his very best for 2009/10, when he scored 29 goals in 32 Premier League appearances to claim his second Golden Boot award and inspire his and Chelsea's third title triumph.

He departed as a hero in 2012 and he made an emotional return two years later, helping the Blues win the Premier League Trophy in 2014/15, at the age of 37.

The Ivorian’s 104 Premier League goals were the most by an African until Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane eclipsed him this season. Many of Drogba's goals were struck spectacularly from distance or powered in with his head.

Career in numbers
Category Didier Drogba
Appearances 254
Goals 104
Assists 54
Golden Boots  2
PL titles 4
What they said

"He's remarkable. First of all he's a team player. After that, he's got one of these ‘old-days' mentalities: not selfish, not vain, a humble guy who plays and fights for the team.” - Jose Mourinho  

“He has always harmed us (Arsenal) and he continues. He is a winner and he will be like that until the end of his life.” - Arsene Wenger

“People talk about Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, the great strikers, but he is right up there. People that score in finals and in the big games, he is right up there.”  - Frank Lampard

Did you know?

Drogba’s 29 Premier League goals in 2009/10 remain the most by a Chelsea player in a single season.

Drogba was unbeaten in his first 37 PL appearances, the joint-longest unbeaten start by an outfield player along with his former team-mate Arjen Robben. 

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