Bridge Banter: This is your life...... Drogba is back in the blue of Chelsea

A nice man: Didier Drogba

A nice man: Didier Drogba

First published in Sport Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

So Didier Drogba is back in the blue of Chelsea.

It’s difficult not to get wrapped up in the sentimentality of it all – after all, the man is a Blues legend and a thoroughly nice chap to boot.

Let us consider, for a moment, the man’s contribution to Chelsea’s glory years from 2004 to 2012.

Three Premier League titles. Four FA Cup winners medals. Two League Cup winners medals. Two FA Community Shield winners medals. A Champions League winners medal.

But what many people won’t know about is his humanitarian work in trying to bring peace to his Ivory Coast home.

Now this does start to sound like an episode of This is your life, but....

Through his high profile and a mutual love of football, the striker did much to get the fighting factions of a long-running civil war to lay down their arms.

The United Nations were impressed and made him a goodwill ambassador in 2007, and in 2011 he joined the Truth, Reconcilliation and Dialogue Commission to further peace in his African home.

In 2009 he donated his £3m fee for endorsing Pepsi to the construction of a new hospital in his hometown of Abidjan.

The club where he started out, Levallois Sporting Club, have used their percentage of his signing on fees to a) save the club and b) improve the stadium – now called Stade Didier Drogba.

It is almost sickening how much this guy has been able to do while banging in 157 goals in 275 first team Chelsea appearances.

It’s a side to his life we should respect and recognise.

However, if we’re honest, there is one man who probably doesn’t give a proverbial about Drogba’s good work.

And if Fernando Torres reckons he will be allowed to miss chances like he did in the 2-1 win at Olimpija Ljubljana on Sunday without Drogba breathing down his neck, he is sorely mistaken.

Even Drogba’s not that charitable.

Tim Harrison is on holiday.

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