After scoring a delightful goal in Galatasaray's brave Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid on Tuesday, Didier Drogba feels he has silenced those doubters who thought his career was over.
When Chelsea's match-winner from last season's Champions League final headed to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua last summer, many thought the career of the Ivorian, 35, was in its final throes.
His speedy return to Europe to join Galatasaray in January was greeted with scepticism, but having helped the Turkish club past Schalke in the last 16 and pushed Madrid in a 5-3 aggregate defeat, Drogba believes he has shown he is far from finished.
"A few weeks ago, people were telling me, 'Goodbye'," the ex-Marseille forward, who backheeled home a Nordin Amrabat cross in Galatasaray's 3-2 second-leg triumph, told beIN Sport. "They'd buried me a little bit. I'm proud of my comeback.
"When you concede five goals in two games, you can't be disappointed. We believed right to the end, but we had a very good team up against us."
Drogba can now turn his attentions to helping Galatasaray retain their Turkish league title. The Istanbul side currently top the Super Lig table with 56 points, four more than local rivals Fenerbahce.