Didier Drogba in the Premier League Hall of Fame

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who had a notable stint in Montreal towards the end of his career, will be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

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The pantheon of the English championship is only in its second vintage, having opened its doors in 2021, but the native of Côte d’Ivoire can boast of being the first African player to enter it.

“[C’est] a real honor to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. Thank you to everyone who voted and to Chelsea, the coaches, instructors, players and fans who made my time in PL such an incredible experience,” the charismatic Drogba tweeted on Thursday.

The 44-year-old played for Chelsea from 2004 to 2012, before making another brief appearance between 2014 and 2015. ‘King Drogba’ won four Premier League championships, four FA Cups, and most importantly , the Champions League in 2012.

Drogba concluded his legendary run with four seasons in North America, including two with the Montreal Impact, in 2015 and 2016. He made club history with 22 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

The Ivorian will find his great accomplice at Chelsea Frank Lampard in the pantheon, he who was inducted there in 2021 in the company, in particular, of Thierry Henry. Patrick Vieira, Wayne Rooney, Ian Wright, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero are also part of this year’s crop.

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