Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has joked that he will be in tears if Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah continues to break his records.
Salah recently overtook Drogba as the most scoring African in Premier League history, exceeding the 104 Ivorian took during his time at Stamford Bridge, and the Liverpool man is on the hunt for more of Drogba’s records.
The Chelsea hero is on the top lists for Premier League assists by an African (54) and Champions League goals scored by an African (44), but Salah is only 11 goals away from taking the latter from Drogba.
“He’s going to ruin my records! I want to cry!” Drogba laughed on Mehwar TV.
Drogba spent six months with Salah in Chelsea between the summer of 2014 and January 2015, when the Egyptian fled to Fiorentina on loan, and Drogba admitted that he saw enough from the outside to predict this meteoric rise.
“We trained together, we played together, we spent a lot of time together, even though he left in January to get more minutes on the pitch,” Drogba explained. “But what I saw during training, and all his teammates will tell you, the quality was there.
“He just needed time on the pitch to show his talent and quality. When you look at the squad we had then – me, Diego Costa, Mo Salah, Oscar, Eden Hazard – it was not easy to play, but what really stuck me at Mo was that he really is a nice guy.
“Even when he was not playing, he was sad not to contribute to the team, but he was always good. Not once did you hear a word about the coach or the players.
“When you have his intelligence, it’s just a matter of time to blow up. I remember we talked a few times when he was in Roma, he scored but had a moment when he did not score. He asked me” how does he do. you handle these situations? ‘. I share a lot of experience with him. You have to go back to basics and he did, and boom, he’s still unstoppable. “
Salah currently sits on 108 Premier League goals, two of which came with Chelsea and 106 in red in Liverpool, and he is just ten assists from matching Drogba’s record in that field.