During this year’s edition of the Ballon d’Or, former Chelsea star and legend, Didier Drogba finally fulfilled a 10-year debt to Kylian Mbappe by taking an epic selfie with the PSG striker. While co-hosting the awards show in Paris, the Ivorian revealed he had turned down the then 10-year-old Mbappe after Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in May 2009.
According to the Ivorian, he was furious with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo’s performance as the Blues were knocked out by a last-minute Andres Iniesta goal, hence the reason he turned down young Mbappe’s request to have a photo with him.
In his words;
“Ten years ago after Chelsea vs Barcelona, a child came to me and wanted to take a picture. That day I said no because of the disgraceful refereeing decisions. I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappe. I want to pay my debt now.”
With Mbappe on stage to receive an award for finishing sixth in the overall Ballon D’Or rankings, Drogba decided the time was right to fulfil the long-standing request and then proceeded to ask the entire audience to stand and get in the back of a selfie, in a similar manner to American TV host Ellen DeGeneres’ famous selfie from the 2014 Oscars.
Selfie time! 🤳
— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019
Chelsea saw four penalty appeals turned down by Ovrebo during the match but were still heading through to the final until Andres Iniesta’s late strike saw them eliminated on away goals.