"I asked God, if you really exist, show me"
Didier Drogba believes it was a piece of divine intervention that won Chelsea the 2012 Champions League final.
The 40-year-old officially announced his retirement from football on Wednesday at the end of a career which saw him represent eight clubs in seven different countries.
But it his time at Chelsea for which he will probably be best remembered, most notably his heroics in Munich six years ago.
The Blues went into the dying minutes of the Champions League final trailing Bayern Munich by a goal to nil, but Drogba’s dramatic 88th minute header took the game to extra-time.
“I had some conversations with God on the pitch and that night I challenged Him and said ‘OK, if you really exist, now show me’,” the Ivorian told the Telegraph.
“That’s how that goal came. On that last corner, I was telling God ‘now I want to see that you really exist’. So, when I scored and I ran to the corner flag, and I was looking to the sky, I was lost, I was saying ‘he does really exist’.”
The final ultimately went to penalties, and the winning spot-kick was dispatched by you-know-who.
“That’s me and my faith, and my connection with God,” Drogba added.
“That’s the only way I can explain what happened because there was no way we were going to go to Bayern Munich in front of their fans, losing 1-0, I score the equaliser, give away a penalty that Petr Čech saves, then the last kick and I score.
“It could have been a movie and it’s something I will never forget.”