Jump to content

Did contracting malaria rob Drogba of many more years at the top?

Chelsea Megastore
Chelsea Megastore

Chelsea Megastore

Recommended Posts

Cast your mind back to 09/10 and Drogba was at the absolute peak of his powers with 37 goals in 44 games. To add even more impressive context onto that he didn't take pens however if he did and scored them all he would have got 51 goals, which would have been ahead of both Ronaldo and Messi (the former of which he gazumped even without the pens).

He may have been 32 but his late start in his career plus his tactical awareness meant there was no reason he was going to slow down anytime soon and he started the following season with a bang aswell, a hatrick on the opening day. But two months later he contracted malaria and he was never the same again, he still had THAT ultimate moment in him a year and a half later but in terms of week by week consistency he was done.

When I think of how Zlatan remained a world class forward right up until his late 30's I can't help but wonder if that awful illness robbed Drogba the chance of doing the same. Although he and Hazard did get the chance to play together in the Ivorians twilight years, imagine Eden and Drogba at his best linking up together? would have been quite something and would have probably got us an additional title.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...
Please Sign In or Sign Up

Well, this is awkward!

Happy Sunny Days GIF by Atlassian

The Shed End Forum relies on revenue to pay for hosting and upgrades. While we try to keep adverts as unobtrusive as possible, we need to show these to make sure we can stay online and continue to keep the forum running. Over the years costs have become very high.

Could you please allow adverts on this domain by switching it off and whitelisting the website? Some of the advert banners can actually be closed to avoid interference with your experience on The Shed End.

If you don't want to view any adverts while logged in and using your account, consider using the Ad-Free Subscription which is renewable every year. To buy a subscription, log in to your account and click the link under the Newbies forum on the home page.

Cheers now!

Sure, let me in!