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lsgworldl2010-05-01 21:24:20 +0000 #1
DIDIER DROGBA cost Chelsea a massive £24million.

But the Blues could have got him for peanuts three years ago — because of his love of junk food and the good life.

The 6ft 2in striker was heading for the scrapheap rather than the big-time, his mentor Alain Pascalou has revealed.

Pascalou is a coach at Le Mans, where Drogba rarely got out of first gear while earning £500 a week.

His late nights and love of burgers, Mars bars and cokes almost got him pushed off the payroll altogether.

Pascalou explained: “Didier didn’t have a clue what being a pro meant and that went on for almost four seasons with us.

“He ate anything and everything without a thought of whether it was any good for his life as an athlete.

“He sometimes went to a McDonald’s just before a match. Unlike most of today’s stars, he had never been with a pro club as a kid.

MY MENTOR ... Drogba with Alain Pascalou, the coach who launched his career

“I had shouting matches with him to try to get him to see reason, but it just didn’t seem to sink in.

“He even went to the local supermarket and bought sweets and Mars bars to mark his first pro contract with us. We couldn’t believe it.

“His life off the field was holding him back. It wasn’t booze — he never touched the stuff — but he’d go out with mates and get to bed at all hours. He couldn’t take anything seriously.

“That’s why he spent most of his time with us shuttling between the first team, bench, reserves and treatment room. Once, when he was complaining about yet another injury, I told him: ‘Didier, either take your parents to court because you are so puny or change something in your life’.

“He was incapable of being consistent or even finishing every training session. He was explosive, but lacked endurance.

“He’d arrive late for training. It wasn’t a job for him, more a bit of fun. He did annoy a lot of people. It was heart-breaking to see him wasting his potential.â€?

Le Mans thought so little of Drogba they flogged him to Guingamp for just £100,000. By that time, though, he had twigged what would turn him into a £24m megastar two years later.

Pascalou added: “Didier finally saw reason about six months before he left us. He suddenly started to listen and change the way he lived.

“It improved him enough to get a move. He probably got a rise because he earned under £500 a week with us.

“In fact, that’s one of the arguments I used to make him see the light. He had kids and I told him he had to think hard about providing for them.

“I was talking about him perhaps doubling his wages. I never even thought about the amazing money he must be on now. He didn’t have the money to own a car and got a lift to the ground with mates.

REVVED UP ... Drogba playing for Le Mans

“I always supported him. The raw talent was there and, when it was given a chance to emerge, Didier was simply phenomenal with first Guingamp and then Marseille.â€?

Pascalou discovered Drogba as a carefree 20-year-old playing for Parisian amateurs Levallois-Perret.

He explained: “Players I knew in that area all confirmed his potential but said he was arrogant. He had his pride even with us and would stand up to older players.

“For me, he is not arrogant. He just has this proud look, his body always upright when running. He has the same attitude as Thierry Henry.

“He works hard and gets back into position without complaint. He’s good on teamwork but never loses sight of the goal as his main objective.â€?

Drogba can still be a bit scatty. He turned up at the airport for a European trip with Marseille last season without his passport and held up Chelsea’s flight to Paris for the recent Champions League game by getting stuck in traffic.

But he never forgets the role played by Pascalou, who said: “He called me from his United States tour with Chelsea and thanked me for helping his career.

MY FAMILY ... Drogba at home with his kids

“He has always been a big-hearted lad, a massive personality.

“Didier has had to wait for the good things in football. At 26, he is still a hungry player.â€?

For titles and trophies ... rather than hot dogs and doughnuts.

www.thesun.co.uk/art...0-2004442089,00.html


zenden92010-05-01 21:28:22 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by lsgworldl

DIDIER DROGBA cost Chelsea a massive £24million.

But the Blues could have got him for peanuts three years ago — because of his love of junk food and the good life.

The 6ft 2in striker was heading for the scrapheap rather than the big-time, his mentor Alain Pascalou has revealed.

Pascalou is a coach at Le Mans, where Drogba rarely got out of first gear while earning £500 a week.

His late nights and love of burgers, Mars bars and cokes almost got him pushed off the payroll altogether.

Pascalou explained: “Didier didn’t have a clue what being a pro meant and that went on for almost four seasons with us.

“He ate anything and everything without a thought of whether it was any good for his life as an athlete.

“He sometimes went to a McDonald’s just before a match. Unlike most of today’s stars, he had never been with a pro club as a kid.

MY MENTOR ... Drogba with Alain Pascalou, the coach who launched his career

“I had shouting matches with him to try to get him to see reason, but it just didn’t seem to sink in.

“He even went to the local supermarket and bought sweets and Mars bars to mark his first pro contract with us. We couldn’t believe it.

“His life off the field was holding him back. It wasn’t booze — he never touched the stuff — but he’d go out with mates and get to bed at all hours. He couldn’t take anything seriously.

“That’s why he spent most of his time with us shuttling between the first team, bench, reserves and treatment room. Once, when he was complaining about yet another injury, I told him: ‘Didier, either take your parents to court because you are so puny or change something in your life’.

“He was incapable of being consistent or even finishing every training session. He was explosive, but lacked endurance.

“He’d arrive late for training. It wasn’t a job for him, more a bit of fun. He did annoy a lot of people. It was heart-breaking to see him wasting his potential.â€?

Le Mans thought so little of Drogba they flogged him to Guingamp for just £100,000. By that time, though, he had twigged what would turn him into a £24m megastar two years later.

Pascalou added: “Didier finally saw reason about six months before he left us. He suddenly started to listen and change the way he lived.

“It improved him enough to get a move. He probably got a rise because he earned under £500 a week with us.

“In fact, that’s one of the arguments I used to make him see the light. He had kids and I told him he had to think hard about providing for them.

“I was talking about him perhaps doubling his wages. I never even thought about the amazing money he must be on now. He didn’t have the money to own a car and got a lift to the ground with mates.

REVVED UP ... Drogba playing for Le Mans

“I always supported him. The raw talent was there and, when it was given a chance to emerge, Didier was simply phenomenal with first Guingamp and then Marseille.â€?

Pascalou discovered Drogba as a carefree 20-year-old playing for Parisian amateurs Levallois-Perret.

He explained: “Players I knew in that area all confirmed his potential but said he was arrogant. He had his pride even with us and would stand up to older players.

“For me, he is not arrogant. He just has this proud look, his body always upright when running. He has the same attitude as Thierry Henry.

“He works hard and gets back into position without complaint. He’s good on teamwork but never loses sight of the goal as his main objective.â€?

Drogba can still be a bit scatty. He turned up at the airport for a European trip with Marseille last season without his passport and held up Chelsea’s flight to Paris for the recent Champions League game by getting stuck in traffic.

But he never forgets the role played by Pascalou, who said: “He called me from his United States tour with Chelsea and thanked me for helping his career.

MY FAMILY ... Drogba at home with his kids

“He has always been a big-hearted lad, a massive personality.

“Didier has had to wait for the good things in football. At 26, he is still a hungry player.â€?

For titles and trophies ... rather than hot dogs and doughnuts.

www.thesun.co.uk/art...0-2004442089,00.html

So now he learn to eat tonic instead of burger....HeHeHe

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