But that issue is settled now.
And, unfortunately, Drogba and Montreal Impact certainly had the last laugh this year, leaving RBA for the final time this season with a 2-1 win and an Eastern Conference semifinal series victory. L'Impact is heading to the next round of the 2016 MLS playoffs. RBNY is heading to the uncertainties of the off-season.
Before Drogba left Harrison for the last time this year - and perhaps the last time ever, since it is not certain he's coming back to Montreal or MLS next season - he shared a few words. The seasoned pro was relaxed, buoyed by a win, but focused on the unfinished playoff task ahead. Asked about his thoughts on the playoffs, he gently deflected the question:
"It's not done yet. I can only speak about it at the end of the season for us, and I hope it's going to be after the 10th of December."
But the veteran forward was pleased with the story so far, particularly the likelihood (now fact) of an all-Canadian Eastern Conference final:
"I think we had a good season, and coming into the playoffs we wanted to do better than last season - that was the goal. Tonight we made history for the club, for the city - and Toronto, I think, is making history. And I think we're going to play against them."
How is that match-up likely to go? Drogba was respectful but confident, as he has every right to be:
"It's going to be tough, it's going to be a derby, it's going to be tight - and at the end, I think we will win the game."