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He Might Be 40-Years-Old But Didier Drogba Can Still Produce 40-Yard Knuckleball Free-Kicks

He Might Be 40-Years-Old But Didier Drogba Can Still Produce 40-Yard Knuckleball Free-Kicks

If you ever need a man for the big occasion, 40-year-old Didier Drogba was, and still is, the perfect candidate to get you that all-important goal.

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To back up that statement, the former Chelsea striker did something extra special in Friday night's United Soccer League play-off game against Portland Timbers 2, scoring a 40-yard free-kick - YES 40 YARDS - to send thousands into hysterics.

Drogba gave us the perfect 'knuckleball' technique to bamboozle Timbers goalkeeper Austin Pack, who failed to deal with the sheer power of the former Chelsea striker's set-piece.

The 'keeper has had a bit of a nightmare here, but you can't take away the audacity of Drogba's strike, here.

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This isn't the first time Drogba has grabbed the headlines this season.

Before taking a corner against LA Galaxy, former Chelsea striker Drogba approached two lads who were sitting at a table right by the flag behind the advertising hoardings. He wasn't going for a chat.

Instead, the Ivorian grabbed the kid's water bottle and started drinking from it.

Image: USL
Image: USL

Seconds later, Drogba whipped in the corner against LA Galaxy and assisted to make it 3-3.

He ran straight over to the lads, who looked stunned to say the least, and poured the rest of the water on his head while celebrating with the ball boys.

This might just be the greatest celebration ever. Phoenix Rising FC's Twitter account uploaded the following footage with the caption: "Can confirm Drogba told the youngster that they would score on the corner."

There was clearly something in the water in Pheonix that night.

Seven minutes after he celebrated with the two lads, he scored the eventual winner from the penalty spot to give his team a historic 4-3 win in the United Soccer League.

What a man.

Topics: Didier Drogba, Football News, Chelsea, Free kick, Football

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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