Frank Lampard has hailed Didier Drogba as a monster and one of the main reasons Chelsea have experienced Premier League and Champions League success over nine years at the club.
The Ivorian striker called time on his Blues career again yesterday as he helped Jose Mourinho’s men beat Sunderland before lifting the league title.
He was carried off early on in the clash by his Chelsea team-mates and has been praised since for everything he’s contributed to the club over two separate spells.
Drogba signed on at Stamford Bridge in 2004 before going on to score 157 goals in an eight-year stay which saw him lift three Premier League titles, two League Cups, three FA Cups and one Champions League trophy.
He quit the club in 2012 before returning in the summer and went on to provide back-up to Diego Costa, adding another League Cup and Premier League title to his list of honours.
And Lampard – a man who enjoyed the majority of that success with him – as given his online tribute to Drogba.
He posted this photo on Instagram and wrote:
I need to talk about my mate @didierdrogba. Without him I wouldn’t have enjoyed the personal success I had at Chelsea but also the club would not have leagues and Champions leagues titles to their name. He ALWAYS produced in the big games. He was a monster in the dressing room and a great friend away from football. It was an honour to have played with him and I wish him well in whatever his next move is. I know he still has lots to give. Thank you Didi! #legend
Lampard followed up his kind words on Drogba by praising John Terry who captained Chelsea to another league title yesterday.
Congratulations to everyone at @chelseafc for winning the league. I’m sure you all enjoyed the celebrations yesterday and today and you deserve it! @johnterry.26 has been absolutely immense this year and every year. He is the leader and everything goes through him. It was an absolute pleasure to have played with JT and I’m delighted for him personally to get another league title even if it means he has one more than me! #captain #legend