The Champions League is the most prestigious league in football. Raising this trophy is the dream of all footballers. Some legends like Ronaldo Nazario, George Weah or Zlatan have looked for it in vain during their careers.
But this competition has brought a smile on the face of several African stars like Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba. The Cameroonian has raised it four times with three different clubs and has already shattered the dream of his Ivorian “rival” Didier Drogba three times. Here are the times when Samuel Eto’o eliminated Didier Drogba in the Champions League.
In 2009, Barça and Eto’o eliminated Chelsea and Drogba in a controversial match.
The shock in the Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona in 2009 is one of the most memorable matches in the history of the competition. A 0-0 draw at Camp Nou set up an appetizing semi-final at Stamford Bridge. If Chelsea had beaten Barça that night, it would have seen a repeat of the previous year’s final (Chelsea-Man Utd) in Moscow.
However, everything started well for the London club. Michael Essien quickly opened the scoring with a superb volley from outside the area. But Iniesta shut down Stamford Bridge at the last minute with a goal from elsewhere. The Blues were therefore eliminated that year on Barça’s away goal. Samuel Eto’o was mute while Drogba threw huge anger against the director of the game who for him was biased.
In 2010, Eto’o with Inter Milan
Chelsea of Carlo Ancelotti after being eliminated by Barça of Samuel Eto’o in 2009, falls the following year once again to the Cameroonian, here the star of Inter Milan. In the first leg of the knockout stages of the 2010 Champions League, Diego Milito quickly opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Ivorian Salomon Kalou thinks it will allow visitors to draw by equalizing but Cambiasso finally offers the victory (2-1) to the men of José Mourinho.
Back at Stamford Bridge, things should be more difficult for Inter but Samuel Eto’o has managed to thwart Chelsea’s plans. The Cameroonian receives a marvel of a pass from Sneijder to register the only goal of the return leg between Inter Milan and Chelsea. Once again, Didier Drogba was eliminated in front of his “rival” Samuel Eto’o.
With Chelsea, Eto’o again eliminates Drogba at Galatasaray
It must have been annoying for the Ivorian legend. Didier Drogba ended up winning the Champions League with Chelsea. After this success of which he was the hero, the Elephant bids farewell to Stamford Bridge. He signs in Turkey at Galatasaray and the English club calls Samuel Eto’o to take “his” place in the attack on Chelsea.
In the eighth-finals of the 2014 Champions League, Chelsea by Samuel Eto’o had to face Galatasaray by Didier Drogba. On the way out, Fernando Torres quickly opened the scoring before Chedjou equalized to offer the Turks a draw (1-1). At Stamford Bridge, things became more complicated for Didier Drogba and Galatasaray. The Ivorian could not inspire the Turkish team, which lost 2-0 with the goals of Samuel Eto’o in the 4th minute and Cahill in the 42nd minute.
Of the three eliminations of Drogba and his clubs against Samuel Eto’o in the Champions League, the Cameroonian scored 2 times while the Ivorian remained silent. However, Didier Drogba can claim to be the best African scorer of all time in the Champions League ahead of Samuel Eto’o.