An international soccer icon, Didier Drogba has warmed the hearts of millions all over the world. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, whose supporters voted him the club’s greatest ever player, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player and became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals when he scored in Chelsea’s win over Liverpool in the 2012 final. Drogba captained the Ivory Coast national team for many years, including the World Cup in 2014, and is the nation’s all-time top goal scorer. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009, and in 2013 he became the first African footballer to win the prestigious Golden Foot while playing for Galatasaray. His key attributes include his team work, physical strength and speed, heading abilityr, and retaining possession of the ball.
This cartoon book biography describes the childhood and schooldays of little ‘Tito’, his first visit to France, how he had to study but wanted to get away to play football. It follows him to his early success with the teams of Le Mans and Guingamp, his happy time with Olympic Marseilles, and his initial reluctance to move to Chelsea. Meanwhile, he falls in love and becomes a father. He is also badly affected by the crisis that breaks out in Ivory Coast and, from an early age, he shows his hatred of violence and war. The images are vividly drawn and the story is full of humour and excitement. . This book will be appreciated by lovers of football from the age of 8 to 80.
The images by Pierre Sauvalle are vivid and the story, told by Gabin Bao, is full of humour and excitement.
Books of Africa, May 2014, 210 X 297 mm, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-9926863-7-6, £5.99