Didier Drogba finally gives Kylian Mbappe photo after refusing over “disgrace” in 2009

Didier Drogba finally gives Kylian Mbappe photo after refusing over “disgrace” in 2009


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Didier Drogba has finally made good on his promise to have a photo with Kylian Mbappe, after refusing in 2009.

A then 10-year-old Mbappe was present at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona , involving Drogba.

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.

Drogba snapped the image on his phone
Drogba snapped the image on his phone

The forward made good on his promise after hearing it was Mbappe
The forward made good on his promise after hearing it was Mbappe

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.

Drogba was furious with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the final whistle
Drogba was furious with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the final whistle

The Ivorian also presented Liverpool‘s Alisson with the award for Best Goalkeeper at the prestigious event.

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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.

Cristiano Ronaldo finished third ahead of Sadio Mane, but snubbed the invitation for the awards , instead opting to head to one of his hotels in Lisbon.

Reports suggest Ronaldo was informed he had not ranked among the top three players so decided to decline the offer to attend.


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