Soccer Hero Uses YouTube to Bid Chelsea Fans Adieu [VIDEO]
Days after giving London soccer club Chelsea its first ever Champions League title with a stunning penalty kick, star player Didier Drogba used YouTube to let fans down easy and tell them he’ll leave the team this summer. In a video posted to Chelsea’s official page on the video sharing network, Drogba looked fans in the face and thanked them for their support during his eight years with the club.
“This will be something that we always share, something that will be in our head and blue will always be our blood and our hearts,” Drogba says in the one-and-a-half-minute video. “Thank you very much. Thank you for everything.”
After eight years, 157 goals, three English Premier League titles and finally a Champions League win, taking to YouTube was a smart and personalizing move for Drogba and Chelsea to formalize their separation for loyal supporters of the Blues. Drogba, originally from the Ivory Coast, joined Chelsea in 2004 from a French club. His next move is uncertain, but many rumors have him cashing in for a huge, career-ending payday in China’s professional ranks.
The YouTube farewell wasn’t Drogba’s only social media hit this week, however. He dominated the Twitter conversation among players in Saturday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Tweets that named a specific player mentioned Drogba 25% of the time — more than all of Bayern players’ mentions combined. Chelsea also dominated the Champions League Twitter buzz as a team — this infographic has the details.
Do you think using YouTube was a classy move by Drogba and Chelsea, or should they have addressed fans another way? Let us know in the comments.