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Drogba to end his career on a Shanghai


FORMER CHELSEA striker Didier Drogba has finally ended speculation about the next stop on his playing career by signing for Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.

The deal, which takes him to China’s second city, is a two-year contract, where the Ivorian forward is expected to earn around £200,000 a week, making him one of the best paid footballers on the planet.

Jose Mourinho signed Drogba for Chelsea in the summer of 2004, paying Marseille £24m. In his first season at the West London club he won the Premier League, the first league title in the club’s history since 1955, and the League Cup.

He was at Stamford Bridge for eight seasons, making a total of 342 appearances and scoring 157 goals. During that time, Chelsea have experienced their most successful era.

Drogba helped the club win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, and the Champions League.

Arguably, it is Chelsea’s sole success in Europe’s elite competition that Drogba will be best remembered for. He snatched the equaliser, a header, in the 88th minute against Bayern Munich, and dispatched the final penalty of the shootout that made Chelsea European champions.

Drogba proved himself over and over again on the grandest stages for Chelsea through his incredible goal scoring record in cup finals. In total, he scored nine goals in nine cup finals, including the FA Cup, League Cup, and Champions League.

He is fourth all-time top goal-scorer for Chelsea, and is the club’s top scorer in European competitions with 34.

Concerning his imminent move to the Far-East, Drogba said: “I’m looking forward to a new challenge and experiencing a new culture, and am excited about developments in the Chinese Super League.

“I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa.”

Drogba will leave behind many happy Chelsea fans, albeit sad to see him go. At the beginning of his career in London, Drogba took some time to win over sections of the Chelsea support.

Yet Drogba became a firm crowd favourite, and his last kick in a blue shirt guarantees his status at the club is legendary.

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