Drogba voted best striker in Ligue 1 in past two decades

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has narrowly beaten Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be named Ligue 1’s greatest striker of the last 20 years.

Drogba, now 42, saw off the Swede by collecting 51 per cent of the 40,094 votes cast on Ligue 1’s official Twitter account by fans.

And he took to the social media platform to thank fans for handing him the honour.

He tweeted: “Waaaw what recognition from the fans, thank you @EAGuingamp @OM_Officiel for allowing me to experience these incredible emotions.

“Great respect to all strikers who have played in the French championship.”

Drogba first played in the French top-flight in 2002, when Guingamp paid £80,000 to sign him from Ligue 2 Le Mans.

He joined Marseille for £3.3m in the summer of 2003, showing form that would see Chelsea shell out £24m for his services just a year later.

Zlatan can feel hard done by, however, having scored at a far higher rate than Drogba during his stunning four-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain.

As well as winning four consecutive titles and eight domestic trophies, Ibrahimovic scored 113 goals in 122 Ligue 1 appearances for the Parisians before leaving to join Manchester United in 2016.

Zlatan defeated Mario Balotelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappe and former strike-partner Edinson Cavani just to get to the final, The Sun reported.

Drogba came out on top in votes against Fernando Morientes, Alexander Frei, Karim Benzema and Pauleta.