Despite choosing China’s Super League over the MLS, Didier Drogba still believes the North American competition is ahead in terms of quality.
The 34-year-old former Chelsea striker reflected on his decision to join Shanghai Shenhua during a press conference in Miami to promote the World Soccer Masters game on Saturday.
“No, I don’t think China is ahead of MLS,” Drogba said. “I think (my decision) was a personal choice.”
“I’ve played many games here with Chelsea over the years and I’ve seen the evolution (of American soccer). When we came here in 2004, the stadiums were busy but not really. In 2010 it was amazing. The footballing has improved a lot in America.
“So it wasn’t about the (quality), it was a personal choice and my decision.”
Pointing to the reasons behind his bold move, Drogba said he was excited by the challenge of a unfamiliar country.
“I am a man of challenges. When the opportunity came up, having played already in France and England, it was interesting for me,” the Ivorian said.
“To go and try to build something new in a different league and a different continent. To get more people involved in the sport over there in (China). I love to travel and for me, it’s a good experience.”
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