Sky Sports looks back at the career of the Ivory Coast international as he bids farewell to Chelsea.
1978: March 11 - Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
1998: Begins his professional career playing for Le Mans, where he scores 12 league goals in 68 appearances for the French Ligue 2 club.
2002: January - Signs for Guingamp, where he makes his name by scoring 17 goals in a season, finishing as third-highest goalscorer.
2003: June - Transfers to Marseille from the Brittany club for £4million. In the following season, he scores 19 goals in Ligue 1 and 11 goals in Europe to help his team to the UEFA Cup final, knocking out Liverpool and Newcastle on the way.
2004: May - Voted Footballer of the Year in France.
July - Marseille turn down Chelsea's initial offer of £18m for the Ivory Coast striker and demand £27million.
July 19 - Chelsea agree terms with Marseille over the £24m signing of Drogba and the deal is completed a day later.
2005: May - Finishes the season with 16 goals as the Blues win the Premier League and League Cup.
2006: February - Captains the Ivory Coast to their second African Nations Cup final, but sees his spot-kick saved as they lose 4-2 on penalties to Egypt following a goalless draw.
March 25 - Causes controversy when he admits "sometimes I dive" after a 2-0 win over Manchester City. He immediately retracts the statement.
May - Chelsea retain the league title as Drogba again scores 16 times during the campaign.
June 11 - Scores the Ivory Coast's first ever World Cup goal in 2-1 loss to Argentina.
2007: March - Crowned African Footballer of the Year.
May 19 - Scores an extra-time winner as Chelsea beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final. It caps a season in which he finds the net 33 times and claims the Premier League's golden boot.
2008: April 30 - Drogba scores twice in the semi-final second leg to send Chelsea through to their first Champions League final.He becomes their top European scorer of all time.
May 21 - Sent off for slapping Nemanja Vidic as Chelsea lose the Champions League final on penalties to Manchester United.
October 20 - FA investigate a claim in his autobiography that he wished he'd punched Nemanja Vidic in the Champions League final. Three days later he is cleared.
November 12 - Drogba appears to make a one-fingered gesture and then throw a coin picked up off the pitch into the crowd after scoring against Burnley in the League Cup at Stamford Bridge.
November 14 - FA charge him with violent conduct as a result of the incident and he is banned for three matches.
2009: May 6 - Drogba confronts referee Tom Henning Ovrebo over decisions in Chelsea's exit from the Champions League against Barcelona. He appears to mouth "it's a f*****g disgrace" down a TV camera lens.
May 30 - Scores the equaliser as Chelsea come from behind to beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup final.
June 17 - Handed a six-game European ban with the final two games suspended. The ban was reduced by one match on appeal.
September 26 - Scores 100th goal for Chelsea in 3-1 defeat at Wigan
2010: March - Named African Footballer of the Year for the second time.
March 12 - Sent-off as Chelsea crash out of the Champions League 1-0 to Inter Milan at Stamford Bridge, 3-1 on aggregate.
April 6 - Scores second goal in a 2-0 win at Manchester United, handing Chelsea the initiative in the title race.
April 29 - Named among world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.
May - Named Chelsea Player of the Year.
May 21 - Chelsea beat Wigan 8-0 to win the Premier League title. During the game Drogba gets visibly angry with Frank Lampard when he will not let him take a penalty which would have put him ahead of Wayne Rooney as the league's top goalscorer. Drogba goes on to score a hat-trick and win the golden boot for the second time.
May 15 - Scores the winning goal as Chelsea beat Portsmouth 1-0 to complete the league and cup double.
June 1 - New Ivory Coast manager Sven Goran Eriksson names Drogba in his 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
June 4 - Suffers broken arm during Ivory Coast's World Cup warm-up friendly with Japan.
June 15 - Comes on as a substitute in goalless draw against Portugal wearing protective cast.
June 20 - Starts and scores in 3-1 defeat to Brazil, a result which effectively ended Ivory Coast's World Cup.
October - First amateur club Levallois Sporting Club names stadium after the striker.
November 8 - Diagnosed with malaria but makes a full recovery.
2011: September - Joins the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission to help return peace to his home nation.
November - Rejects new Chelsea contract.
December 31: Scores 150th Chelsea goal against Aston Villa to put him level with club's all-time leading scorers Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley.
2012: February 12 - Misses late penalty as Zambia go on to win African Nations Cup in a shoot-out.
March 10 - Scores 100th Premier League goal, becoming the first African to reach the landmark.
April 18 - Solitary goal secures Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Barcelona.
May 5 - Becomes first player to score in four different FA Cup finals in 2-1 victory over Liverpool.
May 19 - Heads a late equaliser in Champions League final against Bayern Munich and scores the penalty in the shoot-out which sees Chelsea crowned European champions for the first time.
May 22 - Chelsea announce Drogba is to leave.