Drogba for World Player of the Year

I’m not looking to win any popularity contests, and were I looking to do so, I would be officially eliminated with this headline. So disliked is Didier Drogba and by extension Chelsea FC in many British and European media circles, otherwise objective analysts have been caught openly celebrating the London club’s demise in recent Champions Leagues at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

So unpopular is Drogba personally, that he doesn’t have the endorsement deals or personal PR machine  similarly talented footballers have. The lethal combination of Chelsea and a volatile figure means the positive headlines are few and far between. But should these biases prevent a fair analysis of what Drogba has accomplished this past year?

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