Didier Drogba on Friday night went to the extraordinary length of presenting his Chelsea team-mates from last season’s Champions League final victory with individual rings to commemorate the triumph – at what is thought to be a cost of around £800,000 to the player.
Drogba hosted a dinner for the players as well as staff who won the trophy – although the recently sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo was unable to attend – and presented them with the rings as a surprise.
The timing of the dinner came just 24 hours after the last games in this year’s Champions League group stage, beyond which Chelsea failed to progress in the competition for the first time.
Fernando Torres was one of a group of players who played last season not present at the event at Wyndham Grand Chelsea Harbour, a hotel in London, including Petr Cech and Juan Mata.
The team have another game tomorrow against Sunderland, and travel today.
“I wanted to give something to the team so we can all look back and...