Ghanian star Michael Essien, travelled nearly 2,000 miles to make an appearance at Didier Drogba’s wedding in Monaco on Sunday.
Essien took part in Nigerian star Kanu’s testimonial game on Saturday and flew to Monaco so he could honour his commitments to both men.
The Chelsea star Drogba married his long-term partner this weekend in a private ceremony minus the opulence commonly associated with the world of millionaire footballers.
Drogba, 33, tied the knot with Lalla Diakite at the Marie de Monaco in Monaco.
The centre forward sported a simple grey suit for the ceremony, while his wife also kept it relatively simple in a plain white gown.
Meanwhile the bridesmaids wore lilac outfits.
The ceremony was officiated by club owner Roman Abramovich, with team-mates Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda among the groom’s men.
RnB superstar Akon and a host of stars from NBA were also said to be included on the list of guests for the event.
Drogba also flew in singer J Martins from Nigeria.
The footballer is said to be a fan of the singer after hearing his collaboration with Congolese music star Fally Ipupa on the song Juk
Drogba and his bride met in 1999 when he was in the early stages of his career in Paris.
They have three children together and maintain a relatively private life apart from Drogba’s infrequent visits to West End clubs with his team mates.
And, although the setting and guestlist were both indicative of the football star’s wealth, Drogba kept his day as simple as he could.
NGORAN GUILIO BERNGEH