In the twilight of a great football career, 37-year-old Didier Drogba is now delighting fans and making a big impact in his inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
The former Ivory Coast captain signed with the Montreal Impact on July 27, 2015. He didn’t make his first start for Montreal until September 5, 2015, and talk about sudden impact.
Drogba became the first player in MLS history to score a hat-trick in their first league start.
The still powerful striker immediately showed his versatility as he recorded “a perfect hat-trick,” scoring one goal with his left foot, one with his right foot and one with his head in Montreal’s 4-3 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire.
In his first six matches for Montreal, Didier Drogba has scored seven goals and proven to be “an absolute revelation,” words used by MLSsoccer.com after the African star was named MLS Player of the Week on September 29, 2015.
Drogba, though, has revealed his stellar skills all over the world since signing his first professional contract with the French club Le Mans in 1999.
He retired from international football in 2014 as Ivory Coast’s all-time leading scorer with 65 goals.
The rugged Drogba earned his most fame at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in all competitions for the London-based club. After one-year stints for clubs in China and Turkey, Drogba returned to Chelsea last season and was rewarded with his fourth English Premier League (EPL) title.
Chelsea fans cheered for Drogba as he was carried off the field after his final match for “The Blues,” the club’s nickname that is reflected in the home uniform of royal blue shirts and shorts.
Drogba is wearing blue again for Montreal and earning more cheers as he makes his maiden season in MLS a memorable one.