It has been 13 years since Chelsea managed by Jose Mourinho signed Didier Drogba, the rest as they say is history.
Over the next decade he proceeded to win everything under the sun at Stamford Bridge including his glorious night in Munich. He even had time to leave, come back and win another Premier League title.
The beauty of the internet age is that sites like the BBC website allow us to see how the news was interpreted at the time.
The Ivorian said this about signing for the Blues
“I want to do well with my national team and my club, so I will do my best to be better than I was last season at Marseille.
“It is a big chance for me to come here and work with the coach, and to play for my new team.”
The news came the same week as Eidur Gudjohnsen committed his future to Chelsea under Mourinho by signing a four-year contract and speculation that Tiago would not be signed from Benfica (he did sign btw).
Controversial executive Peter Kenyon had this to say at the time
“I think his record speaks for itself,” he said. “I and everyone else feel confident that the money spent on him will be paid back in doing what he does best – by scoring goals. We are happy with the price we will pay. Didier is one of the most exciting strikers around.”
Chelsea fans were mixed in their response particularly given the popularity of Eidur Gudjonsen who would continue to achieve great things at the Bridge.
“I think Drogba will have a hard time ousting the ice man Eidur”
Imagine what he might have looked like in the modern kit – GET IT HERE