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World Player of the Week: Didier Drogba - Chelsea

World Player of the Week
Didier Drogba
AGE 34
POSITION Forward
FOR Chelsea
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 1 (1)
TIME ON PITCH 120
PREVIOUS WINS 2
 Bayern Munich
 1-1 (3-4 on pens) Chelsea
It seemed that it was written in the stars - one of the most decorated players in Chelsea’s history scoring arguably the club’s most important ever goal. The English side won the Champions League for the first time in their history on Saturday, and a certain Didier Drogba stole all the plaudits.

The Ivorian striker had been a key player for Chelsea as it defied the odds in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition, and he starred once more in the final. Drogba scored an 88th minute equalizer for the Blues to cancel out Thomas Muller's opener just five minutes earlier and forced the game into extra-time following a 1-1 stalemate after 90 minutes. It was a thunderous header from a corner, as the 34-year-old showcased his strength and power in the air.

Despite conceding a penalty in extra-time that could have handed Bayern the victory, Drogba recovered his cool and took the final spot-kick during the shootout, and converted successfully to secure a 4-3 win on penalties for the London club.

Intriguingly, it could prove to be Drogba’s final kick for Chelsea as he has not yet signed a new contract with the club. However, after his heroic performance and widespread calls from fans for to him to stay on at Stamford Bridge, the striker may just opt to continue his playing career for the European champions.
Congratulations to Drogba, Goal.com's 157th World Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mentions

Edinson Cavani - Napoli

Cavani inspired Napoli to its first major trophy in 22 years as he led the club to Coppa Italia glory on Sunday. The Uruguayan opened the scoring from the penalty spot against Juventus in the final at Rome's Stadio Olimpico and was the catalyst of many of his side’s counterattacks, as Walter Mazzarri’s team won 2-0.
Petr Cech - Chelsea

Drogba stole the limelight at the Allianz Arena, but Cech’s contribution to Chelsea’s victory over Bayern cannot be undermined. The Czech Republic international goalkeeper was kept busy throughout the 90 minutes and was forced to make a stunning save from an Arjen Robben spot-kick in extra-time. He also made crucial blocks during the penalty shootout.
Dario Conca - Guangzhou

In the final matchday of the group stage in the Asian Champions League, Conca of Guangzhou Evergrande was the standout player. He helped the Chinese club qualify for the last 16 in dramatic style, as he provided the assist for Gao Lin's opener before converting a last-gasp penalty in a 2-1 victory that saw them through. Conca had been banned for nine matches by his club for ill-discipline, but that suspension was lifted for Tuesday's game.
John Utaka - Montpellier

Utaka was the hero for Montpellier on the final day of the Ligue 1 season as he led his side to their first-ever title triumph in France. Utaka scored both goals in Montpellier’s 2-1 victory at Auxerre, tapping in the first from close range before the break and then scoring the winner towards the end of the match, which was marred by crowd trouble from the home fans.
Kazuma Watanabe - FC Tokyo

Watanabe came on for FC Tokyo in the 68th minute of their J-League match against Sagan Tosu with the team trailing 2-0. He then proceeded to score a 13-minute hat-trick, finding the target in the 75th, 82nd and 88th minutes to lead his to a sensational 3-2 victory.

On Sunday we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week and here are some of your comments:

Jude in Canada backed our decision to select Drogba due to his performance in the Champions League final.

"Drogba deserves the award without a doubt. He scored a crucial header to level the game late on and then hit the winning penalty."

Sulayman Musa Minna from Nigeria was also in favour of Drogba winning the accolade.

"Drogba should be the World Player of the Week. His powerful header in the 88th minute and his calm spot-kick won the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, and that is enough for the Ivorian to win the prize."

Alfie Accra in Ghana pointed out a certain Ghanaian forward who did not feature at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

"Abdul Majeed Waris scored five goals for Hacken in the Swedish top flight. I think he is a worthy mention. Drogba, of course, had a more telling contribution to Chelsea's European conquest."

Tega in Malaysia went for Cech instead of Drogba as the World Player of the Week.

"I will back Petr Cech for the prestigious award this week. He was very strong between the posts for Chelsea and kept the Bayern players at bay, making stunning saves in the penalty area. He showed against the Bavarians that he is second to none."

James from Sweden went for another Chelsea player, but not Drogba or Cech.

"David Luiz gets my vote. Nobody thinks about the defense that stopped Bayern from scoring more than one goal in normal time, and the Brazilian was the pick of the defenders."

 

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