Drogba was this close to winning his third African Footballer of the Year award on Thursday, but he lost out to his Manchester City counterpart, Yaya Toure.
For the former Chelsea man, the fact that Ivory Coast has another award winner to speak of is enough for him, and he is not disappointed.
"Yaya is an Ivorian like me and in the end the award goes to my country, and I am proud of that. He has been consistent in the past two years and I cannot say I am disappointed," said the Shanghai Shenhua ace.
He also hailed the depth of competition in this year's awards and tried enumerating the reasons why he may have lost. "Well if you look at this year, I won the Champions League and the English FA Cup, but the truth is I was not really in the first half of the season, so it is understandable."
Yaya Toure was adjudged the winner of the competition, marking the second time in a row the Manchester City midfielder picks up the prestigious award. He beat off competition from Didier Drogba and Alex Song.
"Alex Song had a good year as well, and if you look at the fact that me and Yaya and Alex were all going for the top award, it was never going to be easy," Drogba finished.