Drogba, 29, is on a 50-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or prize along with favourites Ronaldo and AC Milan's Kaka.

But Drogba admitted: "I am thinking about winning. It would be a show of false modesty on my part to say that I'm not, and I'm definitely thinking about it.

"It is a trophy any player would love to have. It is a form of recognition by journalists from many different countries, and so possesses real value."