Japan was leading Ivory Coast 1 – 0 into the second half of last night’s World Cup game, and for all practical purposes, it looked like they would win. Their passing was crisp and opportunities were coming. The Orange were having trouble just getting the ball on frame.
Then Didier Drogba came into the game and in just 3 minutes, Ivory Coast took the lead.
Drogba didn’t score any goals or even have an assist, but his presence on the field inspired the players for whom he is a hero and distracted the Japanese for whom he is a legend. Drogba, at 36 years old, is still a great player.
Though he may be a couple of steps slower than the younger players, he’s a difference maker.