Drogba makes up for snub, takes selfie with Mbappe

Filed on December 3, 2019
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba (left), PSG star Kylian Mbappe and TV host Sandy Heribert take a selfie during the ?Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris. (AFP)

On Monday at the Ballon D'Or awards, Mbappe was present with Drogba hosting the show

Didier Drogba kept his promise to get clicked with Kylian Mbappe after turning him down in 2009.

On the night when Chelsea dramatically lost to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League semifinal at Stamford Bridge with Drogba playing for the Blues, a then 10-year-old Mbappe was present and asked for a photo with the Ivory Coast star.

The forward had agreed with a friend to pose for a picture but later refused as he was left fuming at the "disgrace" refereeing during the match.

But on Monday at the Ballon D'Or awards, Mbappe was present with Drogba hosting the show. Drogba presented the Frenchman a trophy for coming sixth in the overall rankings.

"10 years ago after Chelsea vs Barcelona, a child came to me and wanted to take a picture," Drogba was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"That day I said no because of the disgraceful refereeing decisions. I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappé. I want to pay my debt now."

Drogba then asked all the guests to stand up as he snapped a selfie of him posing with Mbappe, and fellow presenter and TV host Sandy Heribert.

Lionel Messi won the 2019 Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player for a record sixth time.

The Barcelona and Argentina star forward scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barcelona won La Liga. This was Messi's first Ballon d'Or since 2015.


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