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Didier drogba-most hated player in the britain but now a man of the world

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Nanu, May 5, 2010.

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    Nanu JF-Expert Member

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    The Inside View

    IAN McGARRY - The Inside View
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    EYES wide with fury, Didier Drogba screams into a TV camera.

    His outburst followed Chelsea's defeat by Barcelona in last season's Champions League semi final, second leg at Stamford Bridge.
    A worldwide audience of around 300million witnessed the striker label referee Tom Henning Ovrebo a 'f*****g disgrace'.
    The following day, Drogba's blast drew familiar headlines: Foul-mouthed, cheat, play actor, enemy of football.
    Exactly a year on, though, the same player has appeared on the cover of the world's two most influential and prestigious magazines.

    Last week, Drogba was named in Time magazine's top 100 most influential people on the planet.
    Out today, he is pictured alongside Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover of Vanity Fair's June issue to preview the World Cup finals.
    Statesman, philanthropist, role model, best striker in the world - the descriptions of Drogba are unrecognisable.
    So, too, is the unprecedented appearance of an African footballer on the front of two of the most famous magazines in the USA.
    David Beckham is the only other player to have featured in Time's top 100 - six years ago and before he moved to LA Galaxy.
    Yet not even pin-up Becks made the cover story and the Ivory Coast captain has now replaced him as the No 1 soccer icon in the States.
    Furthermore, the work Drogba has done with the United Nations and on several high-profile charity projects have elevated his status outside the game.
    Proof of that was the fact he was considered more relevant for the Time cover than Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
    For the past four years, he has devoted a lot of his close-season break to visiting and promoting UN projects for social change in Africa.
    He has helped raise awareness on major issues affecting the continent - especially in health and education.
    Drogba went to the townships of Soweto in South Africa last summer to highlight the threat of AIDS and street crime to children.
    In Rwanda, he visited the genocide sights and has campaigned against the use of child soldiers in regional conflicts throughout Africa.
    Sports giant Nike chose him to spearhead their RED campaign, along with U2 singer Bono, which is working to prevent the spread of AIDS and educate the children of the continent through sport.
    But Drogba's work in Africa now extends to helping directly those in need through his own charity - the Didier Drogba Foundation.
    Already it has sent aid to victims of freak floods in Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with future plans to include further projects throughout Africa.
    The flagship project is the construction of a new general hospital in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan.
    Plans have been drawn up, the site cleared and work on the foundations is due to begin later this year.
    The plot of land, close to the village where Drogba grew up, was bought with the money he earned from his sponsorship contract with Pepsi.
    Drogba appears in the company's World Cup advert alongside Kaka, Leo Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard among others.
    The campaign runs worldwide and is another reason for the sharp rise in his profile. But the hospital project is much more important to Drogba than his image.
    When I visited the site with him last November, his financial commitment to the project was matched by his emotional bond to the Ivorians to whom he wants to give something back.
    Drogba, 31, said then: "When the doors of this hospital open for the first time, it will be the greatest achievement of my life."
    Before that, he has some more pressing history on his mind - the chance to help Chelsea to their first League and Cup double.
    His 33 goals in all competitions so far equals his personal record for a season set three years ago.
    It also puts him just one goal behind Wayne Rooney, despite missing a month of the campaign playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.
    Rooney's status as England's favourite player has seen him beat Drogba to both the PFA and Football Writers Association Player of the Year awards.
    Yet for Drogba there are much more important trophies still to be won and more work off the pitch to be finished.
    At least there is one job which does seem complete - his transformation from most hated player in Britain to one of the most respected in the world.

    Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2959081/Didier-now-a-man-of-the-world.html#ixzz0n24ytfHJ

    As individuals Tanzanians at our capacities are we doing enough or anything to our communities especially where we were born and raised? Can anyone candidly put what he has done to his community? It doesn't have to be of a scale of Didier but anything that you think that you have done to your community!
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