Drogba Buys Chelsea Players Rings
07 December 2012
Didier Drogba has presented his former team-mates from Chelsea’s Champions League winning side with commemorative rings.
The Ivorian icon presented John Terry, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand, Branislav Ivanovic, Paulo Ferreira, Daniel Sturridge and Ashley Cole with rings similar to those worn by Super Bowl winners, at an event at a London hotel last night.
Every member of the victorious Blues squad had been invited, but not all managed to attend for various reasons.
The mood at the hotel must have been bitter sweet, considering the fact that Chelsea had just become the first Champions League holders in history to be eliminated from the competition after the group stage.
And the Blues have seemed a far less potent force without imposing African legend Drogba to name in their ranks.
It is no surprise that the club had hoped to bring the Shanghai Shenhua striker back to Stamford Bridge on loan just for a few months, only for Fifa to pull the plug on their plans.
The rings are said to have set Drogba back to the tune of £800,000.
They were made by a US jewellery designer, Jason of Beverly Hills.
The company’s CEO, Jason Arasheben, said: "It was an honour for us to work with Didier to make this historic championship ring that will set a new standard for all elite clubs throughout the football world."
The shine may have been erased from Chelsea’s current European season, but the championship rings that Drogba has given them will ensure that the memory of last season at least continues to glitter.