Chelsea striker Ba: I'm a late bloomer - like Drogba
He doesn't feel he could ever match the standard set by the Ivory Coast international.
"Like Didier I started my career later and I think it will help me," he told the London Evening Standard. "When people were away from home at an academy, thinking football, eating football, from morning to the evening, I was at home with my family and with my friends, playing and enjoying.
"This is something you can't really do when you're at the academy. When you start very early you can get fed up. Not everybody but you see some players they start getting fed up because since 12,13, 14 it's just football.
"I feel like I'm fresh. I feel like a young boy in football.
"But I am not a similar player to Didier. You see the way he holds the ball and is strong? I'm not Didier. He is a tree, you can't move him. I'm just me, playing my football, that's it."