A hero with Chelsea fans down the years, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba will arguably lead the competitive African squad's progress in this summer's prestigious tournament. Drogba holds exactly 100 Premier League goals for the Blues and was the final penalty taker in Chelsea's memorable Champions League win over Bayern Munich in 2012, surely the most obvious betting tip for individual goalscorer markets having also bagged an astonishing 63 goals for his country in 99 international games.
Drogba found his love with the sport of football at a very young age, and soon began playing at youth level from 1989 for a variety of local sides including Abbeville, Vannes, Levallois and Le Mans across the following 10 years.
His professional attitude at such an early age impressed at Levallois as well as his prolific goalscoring ability, before making a first team debut for Le Mans in 1999. He went on to score 12 goals in 64 appearances with the French club, before moving to Ligue 1 club Guingamp halfway through the 2001–02 season for a fee of £80,000 - bagging 20 goals in just the 45 showings which helped the club avoid relegation.
His strong goal scoring record attracted interest from larger clubs and at the end of the season he moved to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a fee of £3.3 million, scoring 32 times in all competitions and winning the National Union of Professional Footballers Player of the Year award in 2003/04.
Drogba then joined Premier League club Chelsea in July 2004 for £24 million - a team he would star for until his 2012 departure. His first season saw him a crucial part of Chelsea's premier League title-winning year, Drogba also scoring in extra time to win the League Cup 3–2 against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium. He helped the side retain the league title with 12 goals in a second consecutive season the following year, and then netted 33 to his name in all competitions 12 months later.
157 goals are the end combined tally for Drogba in 341 showings wearing the blue shirt, his third Premier League title coming during his finest season in 2009/10 with 29 goals in the sole competition itself.
Drogba moved to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in 2012, scoring eight goals in just the 11 showings before moving the Turkish club Galatasaray in January 2013 and scoring a debut goal just five minutes after coming off the bench against Akhisar Belediyespor - currently on 15 in 35 showings that included defeat against former club Chelsea in the Champions League.
Now Ivory Coast's captain, Drogba has played in 99 international encounters with the side he first made his debut with back in 2002 against South Africa, and competed in The 36-year-old has scored once during the trio of group stage fixtures in both the 2006 and 2010 editions of the World Cup finals, and netted three goals in his five 2014 qualifiers.
Didier Drogba World Cup betting tips
Drogba's abilties to score goals from any manner open the door for further individual goalscorer markets to profit from and improve his shorter betting odds to do so, with potential for the top scorer of the tournament a big-winning long shot to consider should the team progress far in a manner similar to Ghana in 2010.