Chelsea legend Didier Drogba nets hat-trick in charity match


Didier Drogba and Arsene Wenger

Didier Drogba netted three times against Arsene Wenger’s side (Picture: Getty)

Didier Drogba showed age is just a number as he bagged a hat-trick in a charity match at the expense of Arsene Wenger’s side.

Wednesday night saw a Marseille Legends side storm to a 7-4 win over Wenger’s UNICEF XI at the Stade Velodrome in France.

Chelsea legend Drogba netted 15 goals in just 16 games against Wenger’s Arsenal during their time in the Premier League and the 43-year-old was in no mood to take it easy on the Frenchman, even if the game was for charity.

Wenger’s side took an early 2-1 lead before Drogba turned it up a notch and bagged a hat-trick while also pulling out his trademark celebration we’ve seen so often over the years.

He featured in a team alongside Premier League legends Marcel Desailly, Robert Pires and Samir Nasri while Wenger had the likes of Jens Lehmann, Patrick Kluivert and David Trezeguet at his disposal.

While this was Wenger’s first time in the dugout since leaving Arsenal in 2018, this was not the first time Drogba has haunted the legendary manager since he left Chelsea for a second time in 2015.

While playing in an MLS All-Star team in 2016, he scored past Arsenal in a pre-season friendly.


‘He has always harmed us, and he continues. He’s a winner and I think that he’ll be like that until the end of his life,’ Wenger said at the time.

Didier Drogba

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba rolled back the years in a charity match (Picture: Nicolas Tucat / AFP)

‘At half-time, I was thinking “He’s still haunting us, even in the United States!”

‘Drogba is a typical poacher of a goal. He can do that in the box.

‘When I see him in the box and fighting with young defenders I always think that now there is danger there because you know he will get the upper hand and score you a goal and that’s what he did.’

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