Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed that former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was one of his icons growing up.
The Algeria international came to prominence with Leicester City, guiding them to a stunning Premier League title win in 2016.
He then made the switch to the Etihad in 2018, winning another two league titles, three League cups and an FA cup.
Speaking on the official Manchester City club YouTube channel, the 30-year-old was asked about his icons and said: “[Didier] Drogba, [Franck] Ribery.
“I never met them when I was young, when I was a teenager and I met with them when I made it in football, in the Premier League and stuff and I always tell them ‘I used to be a fan of you’ and then they’re laughing and stuff but it’s good, you know?”
The Ivory Coast international had a reputation as a big game player, fulfilling that role in Chelsea’s Champions League final victory in 2012.
After Thomas Muller’s late opener for Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, Drogba scored an 88th minute equaliser to send the game to extra-time and penalties.
The forward then stood up to take the final penalty in the match, beating Manuel Neuer and earning the Blues a first European trophy.
The striker also won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups in his time at the club.
After 381 appearances in a Chelsea shirt, 164 goals and 87 assists, it’s clear that Drogba’s impact has not only been on those from a Blues persuasion.