Ex-Chelsea talisman, Didier Drogba, refused to play for Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact last night for a very childish reason.
Having previously passed off his omission from the Canadian side’s squad as a back injury; Impact’s gaffer, Mauro Biello, has since revealed the true reason:
“He didn’t accept that he would come off the bench and, in the end, he didn’t want to be in the 18. He said that he did not accept the fact that he was coming off the bench.”
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) October 16, 2016
Whilst unquestionably one of the greatest footballer’s of his generation, petulance like that is far beyond Drogba’s status. The big Ivorian is 38, clearly past his prime and has done well to last as long as he has already. With an illustrious career sadly coming to a conclusion, it appears he’s not willing to fade away in style.
Montreal Impact did get the 2-2 draw against Toronto FC that they needed, however, even with Drogba’s toys having been very much thrown out the pram. They passed through to the play-offs thanks to an Ignacio Piatti double, meaning they’re finishing the league in a respectable fifth place before their final game against New England Revolutions.
Unfortunately, Drogba’s actions have overshadowed their success.
“Now we’re talking about Didier but we qualified for the playoffs, and that’s the most important thing. The team comes before everything.”
Patrice Bernier, Impact’s captain
Was Drogba right in his refusal to play? Should a man of his stature be treated with greater standing in the team or is the correct starting 11 more important? Let us know what you think below…