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38-year-old Didier Drogba puts controversy behind him, continues superb MLS run

The veteran striker came off the bench to help change the game for Montreal Impact.

Image: Associated Press

IT’S BEEN A strange week for Didier Drogba.

The Daily Mail claimed that less than 1% of money raised by the veteran striker’s charity had actually gone towards helping children in his native country of Ivory Coast.

The newspaper alleged that most of the donations to the Didier Drogba Foundation had actually been spent on hosting expensive events.

Subsequently, The Charity Commission has began to investigate while Drogba said he’ll take legal action against the Mail.

The 38-year-old has also had to contend with missing the start of the new MLS season with his side, Montreal Impact.

Drogba’s fitness is carefully monitored by the Impact’s coaching staff and it was decided that he’d be used sparingly early on in the campaign due to the frequency of fixtures Montreal were due to play on artificial turf.

In Chicago to face the Fire on Saturday, Drogba was brought on early in the second half, as his side trailed 1-0.

Within six minutes, he’d found the net – brilliantly and instinctively back-heeling Dominic Oduro’s low cross to the net.

Momentum shifted and the Impact found a last-gasp winner through Ignacio Piatti and the result meant the side maintained their excellent start to the campaign.

That goal wasn’t half-bad either.

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They sit top of the Eastern Conference, having won four of their opening six games.

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