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Didier Drogba's £800,000 gift to former Chelsea team-mates

Published on: 08 December 2012

Didier Drogba on Friday night went to the extraordinary length of presenting his Chelsea team-mates from last season’s Champions League final victory with individual rings to commemorate the triumph – at what is thought to be a cost of around £800,000 to the player.

Drogba hosted a dinner for the players as well as staff who won the trophy – although the recently sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo was unable to attend – and presented them with the rings as a surprise.

The timing of the dinner came just 24 hours after the last games in this year's Champions League group stage, beyond which Chelsea failed to progress in the competition for the first time.

Fernando Torres was one of a group of players who played last season not present at the event at Wyndham Grand Chelsea Harbour, a hotel in London, including Petr Cech and Juan Mata.

The team have another game tomorrow against Sunderland, and travel today.

"I wanted to give something to the team so we can all look back and remember that achievement," said Drogba, before singling out John Terry, in attendance, for special praise. "You're my hero and everyone at Chelsea loves you," he added.

Drogba has returned to London after the end of the Chinese Super League and is expected to train with Chelsea over the winter to keep in shape for the African Nations Cup in next month, when he will captain Ivory Coast.

The referees trade union, Prospect, tonight revealed its dismay at the "leniency" of a three-game ban handed to John Obi Mikel for threats towards referee Mark Clattenburg after Chelsea's game against Manchester United on 28 October.

Mikel was given a three-match ban and a £60,000 fine by an independent regulatory commission.

The chairman of the commission, Christopher Quinlan QC, said the ban would have been "significantly longer" had the player not been under the mistaken impression that Clattenburg had racially abused him.

The ban would have been double the length had that not been the case.

Mikel will be able to play in the Club World Cup in Japan next week but will not feature in domestic action until Boxing Day.


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  • Kay says:
    December 10, 2012 06:20 am
    @Ansong, if u can surf de net to arrive @ this site, it means u r quite educated. And being educated brings some responsibility - reasoning. Ghana has a Ghanaian coach and it's required of you to make your submissions in that perspective. Tribalism divides, and division is the act of the evil. Please do not be the-useful-gadget in the wrong hands.
  • Fiifi says:
    December 09, 2012 03:46 pm
    You've said it all!! Thank you Sir!!!
  • D Light says:
    December 09, 2012 10:25 am
    This is what we always talk about! He defines true Success. A proud point of reference in the game... So majestic, commands a lot of respect. He left an indelible mark in the heart of many and also the game's history... The fans love him- he was key in settling the dispute in his country; His 'peace' campaign touched the hearts of the rebels, and Prez Alhassan Ouattara was awestruck when he recieved his call... That is how far the game has gone! 2day, though he is in the Twilight of his career, all the big teams still flood his agents line just to have his signiture. JUVENTUS, REALMARDRID, CHELSEA, MILAN, MASSEILLE, PSG n etc. If there is any respect still held for Africa in the Eyes of the diaspora, den its b'cos of the Unprecedented UN presidency of KOFI ANNAN, the Sublimency of Abedi PELE, the mindblowing accomplishments of OPPONG WEAH, the unique skill of OKOCHA, the dexterity of ETO'O and the Explosivity of TEBILI DROGBA. They are the unit of Measurement in football 2day. Many started to Believe 'Martin Luther Kings' dream when OBAMA bcame the prez of the US. But i believe it more b'cos of these Living Legends.... Our fore-fathers saw the VISION , now its time for us to accomplish the MISSION. Enough of the DREAMING! Its time to walk it to REALITY like Mr. DROGBA
  • Ansong says:
    December 09, 2012 10:17 am
    We must get rid of the kumasi coach b4 the world cup.wise up*
  • Great says:
    December 09, 2012 03:17 am
    Good show from drogba.He is de best player in africa for 2012. He shall win de 2012 caf best footballer award.
  • Analyst says:
    December 09, 2012 01:00 am
    Didier, you simply the best!
  • Papadinho says:
    December 08, 2012 09:54 pm
    He is a living legend
  • Rahim sumba says:
    December 08, 2012 08:26 pm
    God bless you didier, chelsea wll always remember u, i love u & u are my hero