Saying that someone is the greatest player in a given position in the English Premier League is always a tricky proposition. There have been many great players which have terrorised opponents and each team’s fans tend to think that their players were probably the best. However, if there is something that almost everyone can agree on it is the fact that Didier Drogba was undoubtedly the best ever striker in EPL history. He was the type of player who would regularly give his best on the pitch and his best was always too much for opposition defenders.
If you are someone who follows soccer betting odds on NetBet, you will know that strikers such as Drogba always come with the shortest of odds when it comes to whether they will score in a match. In his case, this was completely justifiable as he scored in almost all matches he appeared in.
Unprecedented Strength and Stamina
Drogba was one of those strikers that could play a match at the highest of tempos while still being a threat even in the 90th minute. This was because of his unbelievable strength and remarkable stamina. He would regularly toy with defenders and as many of them claimed marking him was a real nightmare. Drogba’s strength was also the main reason why he was so dominant in the box and was always a danger when he met crosses.
Big Game Player
One of the things which made Drogba stand out from the rest was the fact that he kept his best performances for the most important matches. He scored the most FA Cup and League Cup finals goals in Chelsea history as in each of those competitions’ finals he scored 4 goals. In addition to that, he also scored that memorable goal in Munich in the 88th minute to level the match against Bayern, and then scored the winning penalty at the end of the penalty shoot out. If there ever was a big game player, Didier Drogba was that one.
Terrorised Defenders Regularly
But it wasn’t just in big matches that Didier Drogba scored goals. In fact, he holds the record for most goals scored by a Chelsea player in a single season – 29, and is fourth in Chelsea’s list of all time scorers with 164 goals in 381 games. Only Bobby Tambling has a better goal per game ratio and we all know how much the game has progressed since Bobby was playing.
Enviable Trophy Haul
The biggest testament to the greatness of Didier Drogba is the fact that he has an amazingly full trophy cabinet. He won four English Premier League titles with Chelsea, three League Cups, four FA Cups, two Community Shields and that all important Champions League in 2012. In addition to those trophies, Drogba also won the Turkish Super League, the Turkish Cup, and the Turkish Super Cup all in the space of the two seasons he spent with the Turkish giants.