Didier Drogba takes selfie with Kylian Mbappe on stage at Ballon d’Or 2019
Didier Drogba takes selfie with Kylian Mbappe on stage at Ballon d’Or 2019… a decade on from rejecting PSG star’s wishes as a boy after Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final defeat due to being furious with referee
- Kylian Mbappe wanted a picture with Didier Droba at Stamford Bridge in 2009
- But the Chelsea legend refused because they had just lost to Barcelona
- Drogba was furious after they had been knocked out of semi-final on away goals
- Ivorian striker confronted referee Tom Henning Ovrebo after the final whistle
- PSG star Mbappe spent time on trial at Chelsea when he was a youngster
But Drogba refused, as he was incensed with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo’s performance as the Blues were knocked out by a last minute Andres Iniesta goal.
Didier Drogba finally fulfilled a 10-year debt to Kylian Mbappe on Monday night
Drogba, hosting the 2019 awards show, said on stage: ‘Ten years ago after a match, a child came to me and wanted to take a picture.
‘That day I said no because of the result [and the refereeing]. I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappe. I want to pay my debt now.’
He then proceeded to ask the entire audience to stand and get in the back of a selfie, in a similar manner to American TV host Ellen DeGeneres’ famous selfie from the 2014 Oscars.
As Drogba stands alongside Mbappe and co-host Sandy Heribert, a host of world stars can be seen in the crowd behind.
Virgil van Dijk stands between Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in the front row. Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson can also be seen towards the left of the picture.
Mbappe was on trial at Chelsea when he was a child and still owns a shirt from his time at Stamford Bridge with ‘KYLIAN 10’ on the back.
‘I was still young back then, maybe 10 or 11,’ Mbappe told FourFourTwo. ‘I went to London and spent just under a week over there. I trained at Chelsea and we played a friendly match against Charlton Athletic.
‘We won 6-0 or 7-0. I played upfront, but I don’t think I scored. It was great – it was my first experience abroad and a chance for me to see what the game was like in England.’
The game Drogba referred to saw the Ivorian angrily confront referee Ovrebo after the final whistle as Chelsea were knocked out in the second leg on away goals.
Ovrebo was sent death threats after turning down four penalty appeals by Chelsea before Iniesta’s stunning late goal knocked them out and sent Pep Guardiola on the way to his first Champions League title.
‘It was not my best day, really,’ Ovrebo told Spanish newspaper Marca last year. ‘But those mistakes can be committed by a referee, and sometimes a player or a coach.
‘Some days you are not at the level you should be. But no, I can’t be proud of that performance.’