In 1991, his parents also travelled to France; first to Vannes and then, in 1993, setting in Antony in the Paris suburbs, at which point the 15-year-old Drogba returned to live with them and his siblings.It was here that he began playing team football more frequently, joining a local youth side.He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team.He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time.Didier Drogba We'd never like it to be said that we set up easy targets for you in the Gallery, but, well, this week, we couldn't resist. Our winner this week is Howard Jones, who scoops a £100 bet with Blue Square for his two excellent efforts.Meanwhile, second prize - an In The Mind of a Poker Pro DVD and a classic FA Cup final DVD - goes to Grant Linscott.He made his first team debut for Le Mans soon thereafter and signed his first professional contract in 1999.The same year, he and his Malian wife Alla had their first child, Isaac.
"Someone told me that if you want to win a prize, you just have to put a footballer in a dress." It's usually a safe bet, Howard, but they don't usually look so comfortable in their new attire.He has been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 20.After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21.Former Le Mans coach Marc Westerloppe later remarked that "it took Didier four years to be capable of training every day and playing every week".
Furthermore, Drogba's complicated family life meant that he had never attended a football academy and only began daily football training as a fully grown adult.
After finishing the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third highest scorer in the 2003–04 season with 19 goals and helped the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.