Didier Drogba Wins 2020 UEFA President’s Award

by Duke Magazine

The ex-Ivory Coast international and former Chelsea FC center-forward, Didier Drogba has received the 2020 UEFA President’s award. 

The 42-year-old football star was recognized for his services to humanity and presented with the accolade in Geneva during Thursday’s UEFA Champions League draw by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

Drogba enjoyed stream of success during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning a number of titles, including the Champions League.

The forward has also been transforming lives through his foundation which provides educational assistance to millions of school children.

Drogba felt elated to be a recipient of the much-coveted award, as he joins the league of past winners like Sir Bobby Charlton, Eusebio, Raymond Kopa, Johan Cruyff, Francesco Totti, David Beckham and Eric Cantona.  

“I’m so proud to have been given this recognition, being among prestigious names like Eusebio, Di Stefano, Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Beckenbauer, Raymond Copa, Eric Cantona, Yoan Cruyff, Francesco Totti,” Drogba posted on Instagram.

“I want to thank Uefa President Ceferin for honouring me, the teams I’ve played for and against, my teammates and all the people who have sent me so many nice messages of congratulations.

“More than my achievements in football, I’m more proud of the man I’ve become through 20 years of football education.”

Didier Drogba receiving the UEFA president’s award from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin

Drogba became the first African to receive the award and believes it will inspire other Africans to attain similar feat in future.

“I’m really proud and I think this should be an example of what African people or people coming from different regions and going to play in different countries could achieve with dedication and hard work,” he added.

“So today it’s me but I hope and I’m sure it’s going to be somebody else next. But the most important thing is football unites, football brings people together and that’s why for me to leave Africa and go to play in Europe and achieve something and be here today receiving this award is something that makes me really proud

 “Football is a reflection of society so we footballers have a responsibility towards the community because it’s the community that comes to the games.

“It’s the community that entertains. They mean a lot and we’ve seen during these last few games they were not in the stadiums, we saw how much we missed them.

“That is why our goal is not only to play well, it’s also to represent the community and to give something back as much as we can.”

Besides playing for Chelsea, the former Ivory Coast football team captain had also been on the field of play for clubs like for Le Mans, Guingamp, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact, and Phoenix Rising before his retirement from soccer. 

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