Drogba’s Chelsea exit is sad, but perhaps for the best

It’s hard not to lament Didier Drogba’s exit. He is the genuine, complete centre-forward.

He has wonderful touch, awesome pace and power, is impossibly strong and athletic, majestic in the air, devastating with the ball at his feet, can dribble, defend in his own box and, when at his peak, was pretty much unplayable.

He scared opponents to death, is a talisman on the pitch and an inspiration to those around him.

No right-minded Chelsea fan would surely want him to leave.

Drogba in numbers:
157 goals in total
100 in the Premier League
Nine goals in nine cup finals
Three Premier League titles
Four FA Cups
Two Carling Cups
One Champions League title

But, and maybe I’m still high on the buzz of Saturday’s Drogba-led Champions League victory, but it could just be for the best.

Okay, before you start throwing your laptop, pc, tablet device, mobile etc at the wall, consider the following.

How can he possibly top last weekend? He can’t. He’s leaving on the most incredible, unbeatable high.

He’s won everything he can while at Chelsea and will forever be revered and idolised.

He’s rightly a Chelsea legend following his eight-year spell in England and is fourth on the club’s all-time leading goalscorers’ list.

What more is there for him to do? He’s 34 and it just seems the right time to bow out.

It’s a real shame he will not get the chance to break Bobby Tambling’s record, but maybe that’s Frank Lampard’s destiny.

And of course there’s a certain expensive Spaniard ready, willing and able to take over. He’s younger, desperate to get back to his best and hungry for domestic medals.

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