Didier Drogba finally gives Kylian Mbappe photo after refusing over “disgrace” in 2009
Didier Drogba has finally made good on his promise to have a photo with Kylian Mbappe, after refusing in 2009.
The former Blues forward had agreed with a friend to pose for a picture with the young Mbappe.
But Drogba later refused, after becoming angered at the “disgrace” refereeing during the match.
Chelsea saw four penalty appeals turned down by match official Tom Henning Ovrebo, but were still heading through to the final, until Andres Iniesta’s late strike saw them eliminated on away goals.
The result sparked ugly scenes at the final whistle as Drogba and his teammates protested at the referee for what Henning Ovrebo has since admitted “was not my best day”.
Mbappe attended Monday’s Ballon D’Or awards, where Drogba presented the Frenchman a trophy for coming sixth in the overall rankings.
Whilst on stage, Drogba said: “10 years ago after Chelsea vs Barcelona, a child came to me and wanted to take a picture.
“That day I said no because of the disgraceful refereeing decisions. I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappé. I want to pay my debt now.”
Drogba then asked all the guests to stand up as he snapped a selfie of him posing with Mbappe, and fellow presenter and TV host Sandy Heribert.
The Ivorian also presented Liverpool‘s Alisson with the award for Best Goalkeeper at the prestigious event.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the overall Ballon D’Or award for the sixth time in his career, beating Liverpool‘s Virgil van Dijk who finished second.
Reports suggest Ronaldo was informed he had not ranked among the top three players so decided to decline the offer to attend.