African football legend Didier Drogba was recently awarded an honorary degree in Ivory Coast for his role in easing civil war tensions and his football career.
Drogba, 43, is widely considered as one of the greatest strikers in African football history and is ranked as the fourth-highest scorer in the history of Premier League giants Chelsea with 164 goals.
While he won the UEFA Champions League, English top-flight and led his country to the FIFA World Cup, one of his most impacting roles of his career was off the field.
Straight after helping the Elephants secure their qualification of Germany 2006 with a win over Sudan, the iconic striker brought television cameras into the team dressing room.
He then pleaded with the public to end the rising conflict which ended the civil war and led to a ceasefire after nearly five years of horror.
Among the host of honours he's since been recognised for his years of philanthropy and excellence, Drogna received the honorary degree by the Network of Universities of Science and Technology of the Countries of Africa south of the Sahara.
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He has a son named Isaac who plays in the Italian fourth-tier for Caratese.
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