However, he was set back by injuries and his lack of training at one of the soccer academies that develop elite talent for European clubs, and struggled to earn recognition.
Drogba signed his first pro contract with Le Mans when he was 21, but he received his first big break after transferring to Guingamp in 2002, where he helped the club avoid relegation to the second division.
Drogba became more serious about organized soccer as a teenager, playing for youth teams of the Levallois and Le Mans clubs.
2009-10: Appeared in 44 matches with 37 goals for Chelsea.
2008-09: Appeared in 42 matches with 14 goals for Chelsea.
Drogba has scored 16 goals against Arsene Wenger's side across six different competitions for three different teams, the last one coming while playing for MLS All-Stars last summer.
The 39-year-old scored 13 goals for Chelsea against Arsenal, twice for Galatasaray in the 2013 edition of the Emirates Cup and, most recently, in San Jose.