Saturday May 02, 2020. 11:00
Ivory Coast international Christian Kouame has revealed his admiration for Didier Drogba when he was growing up.
Kouame is currently on the books of Fiorentina on loan from fellow Italian Serie A side Genoa.
The 22-year-old forward recalled the 2012 UEFA Champions League final which saw Drogba score a crucial goal for Chelsea against Bayern Munich.
English giants Chelsea then went on to win their maiden Champions League title after beating their German opponents on penalties.
“I was watching Real Madrid, but then when Drogba started I couldn’t help but love him,” Kouame said on Goal.
“He gave a lot in our country [Ivory Coast]. Thanks to him I started watching the Premier League and at Chelsea he did everything he did.
“I still remember the final of 2012 that he was playing, in my neighbourhood, there was a place where we watched the game and we were all there.”
Drogba, who is regarded as one of Africa’s greatest players, is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team.
“When he scored Bayern, I swear to you on my son, I was calm because it seemed that I knew the game would not to end like this, me I felt it inside,” he added/
“As long as Drogba is there, I always believe it.”
Kouame made his debut for Ivory Coast on the 13th of October 2019 in a friendly against DR Congo.