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Didier Drogba

2010-05-13 16:53
Age: 31
Position: Striker
Club: Chelsea

With 40 goals in 60 international appearances, Drogba has proved vital for his country. He took them to the final of the 2006 African Nations Cup and now two World Cup tournaments, although he missed half of the 2010 qualifiers through injury.

At club level, he has won both league and cup honours in England with Chelsea, who signed him from Olympique Marseille.

In the 2006 World Cup he scored Ivory Coast's first ever goal of the competition and he was chosen as the 2006 African Footballer of the Year. The next season he finished as top scorer in the 2006–07 Premier League with 20 goals and also scored the winning goals in the 2007 League Cup and FA Cup finals.

Drogba, is by many, credited with a vital part in bringing peace to his country. After Côte d'Ivoire qualified for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba made a desperate plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a cease fire after 5 years of civil war.

Drogba later helped move an African Cup of Nations qualifier to the rebel stronghold of Bouake a move which has been credited with affirming the peace process. His involvement in the peace process lead to Drogba being named as one of the worlds 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.

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