Drogba: A real joy to be back

Even though Galatasaray are 3-0 down in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid, Didier Drogba can't help but enjoy the big stage.

Just last year the Ivory Coast striker was pivotal to Chelsea's European Cup success, scoring the equaliser in the final as well as the winning penalty in the shoot-out against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

It was his first Champions League triumph and Drogba was named man-of-the-match for his efforts.

The 35-year-old then joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, but did not even play a dozen games as Gala and the promise of Champions League glory beckoned.

Drogba seems keen to stay with the Turkish giants beyond his 18-month contract and help them build a successful empire like he did at Marseille and the Blues.

"I have a special relationship with the Champions League - it is a trophy which I had to wait a long time to touch," he told the FIFA website. "It is a real joy for me to be back in the Champions League, and especially to hear its anthem at the beginning of each game.

"I have found a club that is ambitious, with a great project that they at some point want to win the Champions League.

"It is a great choice for me. I wanted to rediscover the passion I experienced in Marseille. I want to be part of this adventure, part of this challenge. This is something very exciting."