Former Chelsea forward and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba – one of the greatest players ever to come out of Africa has been picked as the recipient of the 2020 UEFA President’s Award by Aleksander Čeferin at the UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Geneva on Thursday.
The 42-year-old, described by Mr Čeferin as “a leader and pioneer”, follows famous names such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Eusébio, Raymond Kopa, Johan Cruyff, Francesco Totti, David Beckham and Eric Cantona in winning the prestigious honour.
The President’s Award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. In addition to enjoying a superb playing career, Drogba has undertaken significant charity and goodwill work, campaigning tirelessly in particular to help improve the lives of children in developing countries.
“I’m really proud, because it’s representing 20 years of football,” Drogba said, “and a lot of trophies, a lot of great memories. When you see the list of players who have won it before, you can be proud to be among those players.”