Didier Drogba may be a die-hard Chelsea Blue inside out, but he looks up to a man who made his name wearing a red jersey. That man is none other than Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. According to Squawka News, the Frenchman is Drogba’s “footballing idol.”

Drogba is reportedly huge fan of the former Barcelona star. The Blues striker was recently awarded the 2015 Football Writers’ Association Tribute award. The Ivorian was quoted by Metro saying, “He (Thierry Henry) was the kind of player I always wanted to look like by scoring all the goals and winning all the trophies with Arsenal, Barcelona and France. He was an example and an inspiration to me, so to have my name next to his means a lot to me.” Drogba has always wanted to emulate Henry’s playing style.

The 36-year-old received a hearty welcome when he returned to Stamford Bridge last season. Drogba had a chance to work again with Jose Mourinho. However, he is not the first name on the team sheet after the arrival of former Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa. Drogba still is very much revered at Stamford Bridge as his idol Henry is at the Emirates.

Henry has won the FIFA France’98 World Cup with his national side and was part of Arsenal’s legendary unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ squad of 2003-04. The former French international has recently retired from football and has joined the Sky Sports team as a pundit.

Prior to his retirement he spent the last four-and-a-half seasons with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls. Would Drogba call it quits and become a football analyst like his role model after the season ends or will he continue to stay at Stamford Bridge as a player or in a coaching role? That remains to be seen…