LONDON, England, December 7- Chelsea’s hero Didier Drogba hosted a dinner in honour of the Champions League title victory he secured with is former team-mates in May where he spent 800,000 pounds (Sh110.4m) on gifts where Fernando Torres was conspicuous by his absence.
Drogba organised the reunion at the Wyndham Hotel in Chelsea Harbour in recognition of last May’s amazing achievements, when they defeated Bayern Munich in their own stadium to lift the trophy.
He presented his old colleagues and backroom staff with special commemorative rings to mark their achievement – early reports suggest their total cost is around £800,000.
The Ivorian set up the special dinner to raise spirits after they became the first Champions League winners to be knocked out in the group stages the following season.
However his son Leo turned two today and so he may have had an excuse for not showing up. Juan Mata and Petr Cech were also unable to make it to the event.
Drogba quit Chelsea at the end of last season to sign for Shanghai Shenhua but is back in London to train at Cobham before the African Cup of Nations early next year.
The Blues legend struck the decisive penalty against Munich in the Allianz Arena in May – the kick his last in a Chelsea shirt – to send the fans into raptures and delight owner Roman Abramovich.
Earlier in the game he had hauled Chelsea level with a powerful header, just before the end, to send the match into extra time.
His fine performances helped them progress through the competition, and Drogba had a huge impact in particular during the home games against Valencia, Napoli and Barcelona.
This time around there was nobody who could drag the Blues out of the mire – they were eliminated on Wednesday night despite thumping Danish side Nordsjaelland 6-1.
Torres has been inconsistent at best in a Chelsea shirt and the club need to add a striker to their books in January.
They had hoped to secure a deal for Drogba on a short-term loan, but FIFA blocked the move as it was outside the transfer window.