Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has chosen Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen as his favorite current footballer, omitting notable names such as treble winner Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
During an award show in France, the 45-year-old retired striker was asked a series of quick-fire questions covering various topics, including his favorite teammate during his time at Chelsea.
Despite playing alongside iconic players like Mikel Obi, Michael Ballack, and William Gallas, Drogba selected Frank Lampard as his preferred teammate.
Drogba’s selection is justified, considering that the retired English midfielder is one of only two players to have scored more goals than him in the history of Chelsea.
According to Transfermarkt, Lampard netted an impressive 211 goals for Chelsea, while Drogba ranks third on the club’s all-time leading scorers list with 164 goals.
Bobby Tampling is second with 172 goals scored for the North London club.
Some fans have drawn comparisons between Osimhen and Drogba, as the two strikers have a similar potency in front of goal. Drogba managed 302 club goals in his career, while Osimhen currently sits at 105 club goals.
In an interview with the Nigerian Football Federation in 2022, Osimhen had said that he looked up to Drogba while growing up.
“My childhood idol is Didier Drogba. The goal moment I cherished was when I scored against Chelsea. The feeling was special because I know a lot of my friends that are Chelsea fans, and before the game, they texted me that they don’t care if Chelsea wins, as long as I scored.
“They wanted me to actualise my dream and that’s one of the best moments in my career,” the 24-year-old said.