Chelsea hero Didier Drogba has had a brilliant career as a footballer, but according to the man himself it nearly didn’t hit the heights it eventually did.
The 37-year-old has revealed the piece of advice that helped him to become a Champions League and Premier League champion, the Daily Star has reported. Before this gem of guidance the Ivory Coast international had just been a small time player in the French leagues.
Drogba said: “I was 22 or 23 when a friend told me to focus on football for six months – eating well, no clubbing, sleeping well, going to train. It did work. When I was younger I was training with amateur teams once or twice a week and going to school.
“It was a dream for me but not for my family or my friends, and when I was a teenager I was a long way from my dream. So when I signed my first professional contract I was very, very, very happy. It was a very emotional moment because I had been working a lot to get there and I was proud to show my parents I could do it.”
He added: “I had left home when I was 18 and it was a challenge. I was the first one from the family to leave. I was on my own when I signed my contract – like a big man!”
Since then he has won numerous personal and team trophies with clubs such as the Stamford Bridge outfit, Marseille, and Galatasaray. His career could finally be coming to an end when his Blues contract finishes in the summer. There has been no news on an extension, or on any possible new sides that the forward could move to.