The 37-year-old Ivorian striker joins on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea at the end of his one-year contract last season, winning a fourth Premier League title with the Blues, and will undoubtedly help the Impact improve in all aspects.
Drogba is a huge international name and is regarded as one of the greatest players to have emerged from Africa. He has won the African Player of the Year award twice and is the Ivory Coast’s all-time leading goalscorer.Embed from Getty Images
Chicago Fire looked to be in pole position to land Drogba, though the player was reportedly not so keen on the move and instead wanted to join Montreal.
That looked improbable until the Impact made a huge trade with Chicago for both general and targeted allocation money believed to be worth at least $250,000, according to ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle.
Chicago have since acquired Gilberto from Toronto but it’s Drogba’s move to MLS that will be stealing headlines on Tuesday morning.
“It’s an honor to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact,” Montreal President Joey Saputo said in a club statement. “From the first conversation I had with him, I felt that he really wanted to play in Montreal.
“This is one of the biggest days in club history and his arrival to the club will be beneficial in every aspect.”Embed from Getty Images
The Chelsea legend’s leadership qualities and eye for goal will make him an instant hit with Montreal fans, who will be relishing the prospect of watching their new man in action.
The Impact beat Seattle 1-0 on Saturday to move into a playoff position in the Eastern Conference and face New York City FC this Saturday night. Drogba could make his debut against an NYCFC side boasting Andrea Pirlo and David Villa, though long time teammate Frank Lampard is not yet fit enough to make his debut.
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