Date of Birth: March 11, 1978
Birth Location: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
WHY IS HE FAMOUS?
What does Chelsea striker Didier Drogba have in common with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Lady Gaga? Besides them all liking melted marshmallows on their pizza (just a rumor), the four global icons appear on Time magazine's newly released 100 Most Influential People in the World list. And although Drogba has been influential on the pitch throughout most his career -- leading Chelsea to a host of awards and captaining his native Ivory Coast to their first ever World Cup -- it's his humanitarian efforts in his homeland that have landed the two-time African Footballer of the Year on a list alongside world leaders, visionaries and scantily clad pop stars.
African Footballer Didier Drogba And Other Courtesy Time Magazine
DIDIER DROGBA - BIOGRAPHY
Didier Drogba was born in the the tumultuous Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, a hometown that would inspire and inform the rest of his career. Growing up in a country where male life expectancy is 46 years and adult literacy is only 50%, “Tito,” as he was known as a child, went to live with his uncle Michel Goba -- a footballer in France at the time -- when he was just 5 years old. But after three years in France, Drogba grew homesick and returned to Ivory Coast where he practiced football every day in a parking lot. But when his parents lost their jobs, Drogba returned to France to live with his uncle once again.
When he was 15, his parents joined him in Europe, and Drogba's newfound comfort led to his growing interest in football. Drogba began his career playing at the semi-professional club Levallois, and immediately impressed the coach with his undeniable professionalism and his prodigious knack for net. His performances earned him a place in the senior squad, but Drogba was unable to crack the first
DIDIER DROGBA - QUOTE
"I'd like the country Ivory Coast to ultimately be able to deal with political problems itself. It's not really good to depend on the win or defeat of the national team. That means there is something wrong."
- Didier Drogba
By football's standards, Didier Drogba was a late bloomer. Whereas most
superstars find their footing in their late teens, the powerful Ivorian striker didn't break out until his mid-20s. But since scoring 17 goals for Ligue 1's Guigamp, Drogba has been terrorizing opponents with his unbridled
strength, power and supreme aerial attack. Despite his frequent petulance and propensity for exaggeration on the pitch, Drogba has developed a knack for the big goal, and just helped lead Chelsea to their third Premier League title. This summer the Ivorian striker will lead his native Ivory Coast to South Africa for just their second World
Cup. Though no one expects them to win, Drogba is explosive enough to steal a goal in a game where sometimes one goal is all you need. He's already done so much to help his war-torn country rebuild, that success at the 2010 World Cup would just be icing on the proverbial cake.
Source: BeeAfrican | Askmen