April 29th, 2010

Didier Drogba: One of The World’s Most Influential

TIME Influential 100The 2010 TIME 100 issue was unveiled today and only one professional footballer in the world was featured on the magazine’s people of influence list: Didier Droga of Chelsea FC/Côte d’Ivoire.

Placed at the #10 spot in the “Heroes” category, Drogba is said to be carrying “the hopes of a continent as Africa’s best-known soccer star” come World Cup kick-off. Equally impressive is his special double issue cover appearance – which he shares with former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, and Lady Gaga.

Those chosen for this distinguished honour were selected by editors and readers alike as the people “who most affect our world”. Other notable names shortlisted alongside DD’s that failed to make the final cut include Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Cheryl Cole and Thierry Henry.


Image courtesy of Marco Grob for TIME

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11 Responses to “Didier Drogba: One of The World’s Most Influential”

  1. Ana;) says:

    Well done Didier!! I can't deny he's a great player…

    it's good to hear that he's being acknowledged outside the football world for other things too!

  2. Abbie says:

    Sorry, not a fan of Drogba.

  3. Parfait amour says:

    I can't believe there is only one fooballer on the final list, football is the #1 sport for many countries *shrugs*

  4. FootballerChick43 - "Mrs.Ballack" says:

    AWESOME! So proud of Didi. I love him!

  5. Ella says:

    Very interesting that he made the list! Also the “honorable mentions”. It’s always cool to be recognized outside the football community.

  6. Sarah says:

    Wow, really? He’s done more for less fortunate people in the past year than you will probably ever do in your lifetime.

    If that was meant to be a joke, it was extremely tasteless.

    Way to show some class, Inés…

  7. Erin says:

    A quote from the Time article:

    "At a match last March, 22 Ivorians were killed in the crush to see their beloved heroes play. After the game, Drogba resolved to donate every dollar he earns from endorsements to a charity he set up to build new hospitals in the country."

    I had no idea he did this. It is really amazing and that level of philanthropy is likely unmatched amongst professional footballers. I may not be his biggest fan on the pitch, but I am well and truly impressed! A deserved recognition, Mr. Drogba.