#WorldCupRank: No. 43 Didier Drogba
No. 43 Didier Drogba, Galatasaray/Cote d'Ivoire
Why he's ranked: Does this 36-year-old icon of African sport have a final headline-grabbing World Cup left in him? At his best, few defenders could handle this powerful, dynamic, hungry and potent striker whose record of scoring big goals in his Chelsea days was remarkable. A glut of goals in FA Cup finals, League Cup finals and a decisive contribution in the 2012 Champions League final made Drogba a Stamford Bridge legend.
Key stat: In eight seasons with Chelsea, Drogba scored 157 goals, fourth-most in club history. First and only African player to score 100 Premier League goals.
What the experts say: "Drogba is and will be among the top five players in the history of African football. Rarely do you see a player with strength and technique of the Ivorian. He also has leadership and the ability to convince those around him. While his physical performance won't be the same, his touch of ball will be intact and inside the area he'll be lethal." -- Armando Neria, ESPN Mexico
What You Think:
"It's incredible how goals can change games." Indeed. It truly is.- James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) May 29, 2014