ABIDJAN — Chelsea’s outgoing hitman Didier Drogba told reporters in Abidjan yesterday that he had accomplished the main mission of his football career after winning the Uefa Champions League with the Blues last month against Bayern Munich.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast captain said the trophy put an end to years of endurance and expectation at the London club and crowned collective efforts of players and coaches.
“Winning the Uefa Champions League is a mission accomplished for me at Chelsea. The club had suffered so long to clinch this title and each time we got close we had always fallen by the way side,” Drogba said.
“I had to put away from my mind thoughts of the penalty I missed during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final, while walking to take the decisive kick at the Allianz Arena in Munich. There was a strong feeling telling me I’d score and hand our side the victory. So, I was quite inspired and took the kick without fear.
“For two minutes after I scored, my head was spinning. I didn’t know what was happening. It was like the whole stadium was turning around. It was a memorable moment and a mission accomplished for me,” he said.
The two-time African Footballer of the Year, whose next destination is yet unknown, has announced he would be quitting international football after the 2014 Fifa World Cup.