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Drogba Falls Short of Bernier’s Record... Advances Comfortably to Round of 16.

Hassoun Camara joins the Ivorian in the next round with a healthy 25% of the poll.

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Didier Drogba a popular and emphatic winner of Group D, seen here playing Champions League football for Galatasary against ‘old mate’ John Terry of Chelsea.
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Didier Drogba went mightily close to toppling the 67% vote share record set by Patrice Bernier in Group C last night. The Ivorian’s return was only one percentage point shy of Bernier’s mark.

But Drogba still comfortably won the Group from Hassoun Camara in second place with a healthy 25%. Matteo Ferrari (6%) and Lassi Lappalainen (3%) made up the minor placings. It’s proving difficult for the younger players, or those that have not yet been at the club for very long when they get drawn in groups alongside established, experienced stars.

Very good players, and no doubt the likes of Lappalainen would poll much higher in a similar process if carried out a few years later (providing they remained at the club).

In the round of 16, Drogba will meet the runner-up in Group E, the voting for which has just begun, containing Romero, Ciman, Urruti and Fanni. Hassoun Camara will meet the runner-up from the same group.

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Hassoun Camara, seen here sorting out Sebastian Giovinco, polled a very respectable 25% to claim second spot and advance to the round of 16...
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