Didier Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for Chelsea, making him the club's fourth all-time highest scorer. His 34 goals in European competition is a Chelsea record by 10 goals and his incredible nine strikes in nine cup finals contributed immensely to the most successful period in the club's history.
He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two Carling Cups and, in the most dramatic and glorious of circumstances, the Champions League. He was named Chelsea's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year and won the Premier League Golden Boot twice.
During his Chelsea career he had a very good claim to be called the world's finest centre-forward.
Drogba made his Chelsea debut in August 2004 and as the Blues romped to back-to-back league titles in 2005 and 2006, breaking all manner of records along the way, he became an essential component in Jose Mourinho's well-oiled machine.
The arrival of Andriy Shevchenko in 2006 might have led to the Ivorian falling down the pecking order, but instead it brought out the best in him. He netted 33 times that season and in the final game of the campaign began his love affair with the new Wembley, scoring the winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
The 2009/10 season, under Carlo Ancelotti, saw the Blues make history by winning the Premier League and FA Cup Double for the first time in our history, and Drogba scored 37 goals in all competitions, the second highest seasonal total in the club's history.
Strikers come in all shapes and sizes; from players who rely on their predatory instincts, to target men who hold the ball up and bring teammates into the game. The beauty of Drogba during his eight years at Chelsea was he ticked all the boxes.
In his final season it was Drogba with a diving header who began the remarkable second-leg fight back against Napoli in the Champions League and it was he who scored the home goal against Barcelona to give us a foothold in the semi-final. Having scored the goal that ultimately proved the winner in the FA Cup Final against Liverpool, his contribution to the Champions League final in Munich was truly the stuff of legends.