VIDEO: Drogba scores a laser free kick from 35 yards

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Even if most of the physical gifts that made him arguably the best striker in the world for a not-so-insignificant period of time — the strength, the burst of pace, the leaping ability, the change of direction for a man his size — have gone, Didier Drogba‘s still got his right foot, and a bag full of skill, that’ll never depart him.

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Case in point: the goal he scored for Phoenix Rising, the USL club of which he’s a part-owner as they try to secure an expansion place in MLS, a 35-yard, flat-line laser from a dead-ball situation.

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He might not wheel away in celebration with quite the same pace and vigor as he used to do, but few players in the world can hit a ball that hard, and most of those who can, can’t keep it under the crossbar after hitting it over the wall. Once more, all hail King Drogba.