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Didier Drogba to be China’s top earner

Didier Drogba will become China’s top earner in his two-and-a-half-year contract with Shanghai Shenhua. Drogba will earn 200,000 pounds ($314,000) a week from the club.State media said Monday

Drogba’s proposed salary would exceed the pay of Drogba’s former Chelsea teammate and Shenhua’s current top player Nicolas Anelka, who is reported to be receiving 200,000 euros a week, it said.

Didier Drogba  left Chelsea after helping them win the Champions League final against Bayern Munich last month, and will join the Chinese Super League club.

Drogba could arrive in Shanghai to begin playing for the club is early July, the report said.Chelsea announced in May that Drogba would leave at the end of June when his contract expires. Playing for Shanghai Shenhua would reunite Drogba with former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Drogba’s two-and-a-half-year contract with Shanghai Shenhua deal includes him becoming a spokesman for a Chinese online gaming company, in a similar arrangement to French striker Anelka, who joined Shenhua in January.

Didier Drogba has scored more goals for Chelsea than any other foreign player and is currently Chelsea’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. His key attributes include his physical strength, ability in the air, and his ability to retain possession of the ball.

In the summer of 2004 Drogba moved to Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history.

In 2006–07 Drogba scored 33 goals, won the Premier League Golden Boot and scored the winning goals in both the League Cup and FA Cup finals. He won the FA Cup for a second time in 2009, scoring the equalizer in the final, and in 2009–10 was instrumental in Chelsea clinching their first double, winning his second Golden Boot and scoring the only goal in the 2010 FA Cup Final.

In March 2012, Drogba scored his 100th Premier League goal, the first African player to reach the milestone. He then became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals, when he scored in Chelsea’s win over Liverpool in the 2012 final.