The age-old adage says that money can't buy love. But money can sure buy some things - popularity, friends, image - for example. And money can buy jerseys, which one soccer player believes will lead all that and more.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba hasn't been feeling the love lately. He may have led the Premier League in goals last season, but popularity hasn't followed him the way he'd hoped. Sales of his replica jerseys have fallen short of his teammates John Terry and Frank Lampard. And since scoring goals hasn't helped him rise in the jersey-sale charts, Drogba is doing the next best thing. He's buying up his own jerseys. Lots of them.
The 29-year-old, originally from the Ivory Coast, has reportedly spent thousands of pounds on replica shirts in a bid to try and convince his team-mates he is just as much of a crowd favourite as they are.One Chelsea insider claimed Drogba visits the club shop up to 10 times a week and on one occasion walked out of the store with 40 shirts priced at approximately £45 each, setting him back £1,800.Since he makes makes around £70,000 per week, I guess that's nothing for Drogba. And like his goal-scoring, never underestimate his drive. You know, to buy jerseys...
A Stamford Bridge source revealed: "Dids is never out of the club shop. He is spending a fortune. He is on first name terms with the staff and is easily their best customer."It seems strange, but it wouldn't' be a far stretch to see someone like Gilbert Arenas doing this exact same thing. Gilbert currently ranks 7th in jersey sales this season. But fear not, out with a knee injury, Gilbert has plenty of time on his hands to wrangle up all the jerseys he can find.