Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has received an honorary degree in the Ivory Coast for his contribution to football in his home country and for assisting restore stability in the West African nation.
They credited Drogba with helping bring peace to the Ivory Coast after famously helping enact a ceasefire in 2005 after securing qualification for the World Cup.
The 43-year-old made a desperate plea to the combatants involved in the ugly civil war in the West African nation, inviting cameras into the Elephants’ dressing room after their crucial win over Sudan to make a passionate speech, leading to a ceasefire after five years of war.
Drogba has also thrown himself into charity work throughout his playing career, once donating his £3m signing on fee from an endorsement deal with Pepsi to build a hospital in the Ivory Coast.
He has a thriving charitable foundation and has looked to move into football administration, having made a failed bid for the Ivory Coast’s football association presidency.
Drogba’s excellent work has now been recognized by the Réseau des Universités des Sciences et Technologies (RUSTA), and the Chelsea legend was seen beaming as he received his honorary degree on a proud day for the former striker.
The Ivorians have also made big strides in helping grow the game in Africa. In 2020, they awarded Drogba “the UEFA President’s Award” with Aleksander Ceferin calling the former Blues marksman a ‘pioneer’.