Ivorian international Didier Drogba on Friday March 11 turned 38.
The two-time African Player of the Year award winner celebrates his birthday a day after that of Cameroonian international Samuel Eto’o Fils.
FIFA took to Twitter to wish Drogba a happy birthday while Chelsea Football Club described him as a legend of the club in their birthday wish to the 38-year old.
Drogba is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, where he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time.
Drogba picked the African Footballer of the Year award twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.
He made his professional debut aged 18 for French Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21. After finishing the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third highest scorer in the 2003–04 season with 19 goals, helping the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.
In 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later won another league title.
In March 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals, and also became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals the same year, when he scored in Chelsea’s win over Liverpool in the 2012 final.
He helped Chelsea win the 2012 Champions League trophy when he scored an 88th-minute equaliser and the winning penalty in the shoot-out against Bayern Munich.
Drogba has made 104 appearances for the Ivorian national team and scored 63 goals.
He has played in three World Cups: 2006, 2010 and 2014.
At 38, he plays as a striker for Canadian Major League Soccer club Montréal Impact.