Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba has paid glowing tributes to his former teammate Petr Cech following the goalkeeper’s announcement he would be retiring at the end of this season.
Drogba in a report on the club website thanked Cech for being part of the club history when they won the UEFA Champions League title in 2012.
He paid tribute to his former Chelsea team-mate on his personal Instagram page, hailing his ‘good heart, professionalism and winning mentality.’
“I would need Millions of words to describe you, your good heart, your professionalisms and winning mentality but one picture summarise it all, Thank you my Hero @petrcech for having Golden Hands and Heart. Man saved three pens and run into me like I’m a legend What a career,” he wrote.
The Ivorian who made his Chelsea debut on the same day as Cech in 2004, may have been the man who scored the decisive penalty when Chelsea was crowned European champions in 2012, but the Ivorian has always recognised the magnitude of the role Cech played as we overcame Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
When Drogba was honoured by the Football Writers’ Association in 2015 for his services to the English game, Cech was invited to speak about the striker’s career and, in return, the Ivorian recalled Cech’s exploits in Munich.
“There are so many times when people talk about me scoring the winning penalty in Munich, but I always tell them there would have been no winning penalty if you weren’t there,’ Drogba told Cech at the event.
“In the final, I scored the equaliser, but you made some great saves that night and I don’t think you get enough credit for what you did. Strikers are the ones people talk about but, for me, you are the one who won us the final. That’s why I had to run to you when I scored the penalty, I didn’t run to you by mistake.’