Didier Drogba made up for lost time at the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony.
The former Chelsea striker took a selfie with France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe – 10 years after refusing to do so after the Blues’ controversial Champions League exit to Barcelona.
Drogba was incensed with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, who rejected Chelsea’s four penalty appeals in a second leg semi-final draw at Stamford Bridge, as Barcelona went through on away goals.
He was handed a six-game European ban and fined £85,000 for angrily confronting Ovrebo and shouting, ‘it’s a f****** disgrace’, into a television camera.
As a result, Drogba was clearly in no mood to take a picture with a young Mbappe, who is now considered one of the best footballers in the world.
But now Drogba has finally fulfilled the 20-year-old’s request, grabbing a picture with him on stage at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.
The Ivorian legend said: “Ten years ago after Chelsea vs Barcelona, a child came to me and wanted to take a picture.
“That day I said no because of the disgraceful refereeing decisions.
“I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappe. I want to pay my debt now.”
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Drogba asked the rest of the audience to stand up and get in the selfie, much like American TV host Ellen DeGeneres did at the 2014 Oscars.
With Mbappe next to Drogba and co-host Sandy Heribert, football stars such as Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Robert Lewandowski were spotted in the picture.
Barcelona captain Messi won a record sixth Ballon d’Or at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, edging out Liverpool’s Van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.