Dider Drogba To Receive UEFA President's Award

Dider Drogba To Receive UEFA President’s Award
Badmus Abdulsobur 

The ex-Ivory Coast international has been praised for his contribution to humanity and he is set to be honoured for his efforts

Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has been selected for the 2020 Uefa President’s award for his ‘commitment to excellence on and off the pitch’.

The 42-year-old has been transforming lives since his retirement from professional football through his foundation which provides educational assistance to millions of school children.
The forward made a name for himself during his time with the Stamford Bridge outfit, where he enjoyed two stints, winning a number of laurels, including the Champions League .

The organizer of the award Aleksander Ceferin has hailed the contribution of the former
Marseille forward to humanity.
“Didier is a hero to millions of football fans for his achievements throughout his glittering playing career,” Ceferin told the Uefa website.

“He is a leader – a pioneer. I will remember him as a player for his skill, strength and intelligence, but above all for his insatiable appetite to succeed – a trait which is just as present in his desire to help others off the field of play.

“The Uefa Champions League has become the greatest club competition in the world, partly due to our clubs being able to attract the best players from around the world.
“We have been lucky to have seen the likes of George Weah, Samuel Eto'o and Didier Drogba play at the very highest level.

“They in turn, have blazed a trail for African footballers and have given inspiration to a whole new generation to look to follow in their footsteps.”

The Abidjan-born star is delighted with the award and hopes to inspire children to realize their ambitions.
“To have won a Champions League, to have played and scored for my country at a World Cup – these are things I could only have dreamed of when I was a child,” said Drogba

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