Didier Drogba's greatest Chelsea memories

Drogba had a successful eight years in England with Chelsea. Photo: PA

The Ivorian striker experienced huge amounts of success at the London club, during his eight year spell - here we take a more detailed look at the most memorable moments he had with the Blues and specific occasions that made him a Chelsea legend.

Drogba scores his first Chelsea goal. Credit: PA

First ever goal - 2004

Drogba's first ever Chelsea goal came three games after making his debut against Crystal Palace in 2004 and Chelsea went on to win 2-0 at Selhurst Park. Strikers will always remember their start on the scoring ladder for a club and, having signed for a record transfer fee of £24m, that first of many will have considerably eased the pressure on his shoulders.

It took me time to adapt.

– Didier Drogba
Drogba had a solid debut season in England. Credit: PA

First season success - 2004/05

Not many football players win the Premier League title in their first season but Drogba did, alongside League Cup, marking a successful debut campaign in England. What's more is that it was only Chelsea's second English top-flight championship and their first in 50 years, so it was a major achievement. Drogba's goals also ensured success with a total of 16 in 40 games for the club, including the momentous goal in extra-time against Liverpool in the League Cup final which they claimed 3-2.

Drogba celebrates scoring the winner against Arsenal. Credit: PA

League Cup Final - 2007

Drogba had a thing for netting in cup finals and he did it again in 2007's Carling Cup showpiece against Arsenal, in which he scored a brace in a 2-1 victory. Battling back from 1-0 down, Drogba outfoxed goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and then buried a late header to send the Blues happily on their way.

The Chelsea striker scores late on at Wembley. Credit: PA

You look at big players like Didier and Lamps — when it’s the big occasion, they always step up to the mark. It is incredible.

– John Terry

FA Cup Final - 2007

In the same year Chelsea also won the FA Cup and it was Drogba, of course, who was the difference when he struck the only goal of the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley Stadium against Manchester United. The game appeared to be going to penalties but Drogba managed to get on the end of Frank Lampard's pass before coolly slotting the ball beyond United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar.

Drogba in action against Middlesborough in 2007. Credit: PA.

First Golden Boot Award - 2006/07

The 2006-07 season was a personal highlight for Drogba, too, as he scored 33 goals in all competitions, which was more than his tally in the previous two seasons combined, including 20 in the Premier League to win his first Golden Boot. In doing so he became the first Chelsea player since Kerry Dixon in 1984-85 to reach 30 goals in single campaign and remains one of his most memorable personal accomplishments.

Drogba holds the ball aloft versus Wigan. Credit: PA

He was a great player, a great friend and somebody who will be part of my life forever.

– Jose Mourinho talking about Drogba

100th goal for Chelsea

Drogba was a goal-scoring machine for Chelsea and it was no surprise that he reached 100 goals for the Premier League side in 2009 when they beat Wigan, however the game won't be remembered for it's result by Chelsea fans nor Drogba, as they lost the match 3-1.

Chelsea players celebrate with Drogba after scoring their fifth of the game. Credit: PA

Second Golden Boot Award 2009/10

2009-2010 was overall a good season for Chelsea and Drogba, however. He won his second Golden Boot award for scoring 29 goals and what made this personal achievement more remarkable was that Drogba was tied on 26 goals with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney heading into the final game of the season. Although Drogba and Lampard had a little argument about who would take a penalty to send the Blues 2-0 ahead of their opponents Wigan, the big striker scored a second-half hat-trick and Chelsea overwhelmed the Latics with an 8-0 victory, which also sealed the Premier League title.

Drogba scored a fantastic free-kick. Credit: PA

FA Cup Final - 2010

In the 2010 FA Cup Final, Drogba yet again got on the scoresheet with the winner against Portsmouth to give them a 1-0 victory and what a goal it was. Finding Portsmouth difficult to break down, Drogba slammed in a tremendous free-kick which sent the Blues on their way to another cup final triumph, proving that the club legend had the ability to consistently perform on the biggest of stages.

Petr Cech and Drogba celebrate winning the Champions League. Credit: PA

Even today I still want to be in Munich in that stadium, cheering and celebrating with the fans.

– Didier Drogba

Champions League Final - 2012

Most likely Drogba's best memory of playing in a Chelsea shirt was when he led Chelsea to their first ever Champions League trophy victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012. A goal down and with five minutes to go Drogba scored a bullet header to send the game to extra-time, in which neither side could break the deadlock. Despite being dominated throughout the match, Chelsea defied the odds and the fact that they took the German side to penalties was an achievement in itself. Fittingly though, it was Drogba who scored the winning penalty in what proved to be his final kick in a Chelsea shirt, however he made it count and went down as one of the clubs greatest ever servants.

The fans at Chelsea voted Drogba their greatest player of all time. Credit: PA

Greatest Player for Chelsea

Finally, an amazing achievement and one that Drogba will always be very proud of is when he was voted Chelsea's greatest player of all time in 2012 by a poll of 20,000 fans. His Champions League heroics will have swayed many loyal Chelsea supporters and he finished ahead of Frank Lampard in second and John Terry who was voted fourth.