LB presents a full story of a football legend and Accountant popularly known by the nickname “Tito".
Our Didier Drogba Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts entails a full account of notable events from childhood time till date.
The analysis of the Ivorian and Chelsea FC Football Legend involves his History, Life story before fame, family life and many off and on-pitch little known facts.
Didier Drogba is indeed admired by millions of football fans across the globe. Many die-hard fans see Didier Drogba as the only football legend with an unmatched desire, one stronger than the talent of Lionel Messi C. Ronaldo.
Now let us begin with the main theme of this article.
Didier Didier Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
For Biography Starters, his nickname is ‘Tito’ meaning ‘Giant’. Didier Drogba was born with the full name Didier Yves Drogba Tébily on March 11, 1978.
He was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. His coming to this world was made possible by two Ivorian junior bankers who fell in love in the mid-1970s.
Didier Drogba in his youthful days grew up in a native village where harsh living condition existed. His early life saw lots of hunger which ravaged himself and his family.
This economic situation made thousands of Ivorians flee their country for greener pasture in France. France at that time was seen as a refugee destination for Ivorian migrants.
Didier Drogba during his childhood ages was stunted with malnutrition which limited both physical and mental growth.
His parents (Albert and Clotilde Drogba) struggled with their local banking jobs which couldn’t put much food on the table.
For them, the only hope was to wait for monies promised by a French-based relative and footballer (Michel Goba).
Michel Goba was among the first early set of migrants who fled to France due to hardship in the native Ivory Coast.
Monies expected from him was to aid Didier’s journey to France which was planned even at the tender age of 5.
Se sabia que l'oncle de Didier Drogba, 'Michel Goba', va tenir una oportunitat a França després de fugir del seu país. Es va instal·lar com a futbolista en un club de divisió inferior "Stade Brestois 29 ′. En aquest moment, França va absorbir molts futbolistes refugiats negres.
Asides from sending monies, there were also hopes Michel Goba (Drogba’s Uncle) would come to the Ivory Coast, visit Didier and then, take him alongside himself to France.
Thou, this hope was cut short as France refused Michel Goba a visa to visit Ivory Coast. This left him with the only option of sending monies which were only able to afford visa processing for one person.
After much debate by the family, it was decided that little Didier must travel alone to France. Travelling alone was fearing for Didier. It was a strange journey for the poor little boy who hasn’t seen or entered a plane all his life.
At the airport during his departure, Didier’s parents placed a large label on his neck with the saying; ‘DIDIER DROGBA TO MEET MICHEL GOBA IN PARIS’.
Ideally, this tag made everyone at the Airport look strangely at him, thus wondering how desperate his parents were in jetting him out of the country.
Didier Drogba upon his arrival in France safely met his Uncle who waited patiently for him at the Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Didier Drogba Biography – Difficult Start to Life at France:
A few months after Didier Drogba got to France, his parents at Ivory Coast made a resolution. They were of the view that their son should focus entirely on academics and not becoming a footballer as his uncle did.
However, Goba’s views were different. He wanted Didier to become a professional footballer like him. Michel Goba facilitated signing young Didier to a football academy in France.
On several occasions, both Goba and Didier’s parents disagreed on determining the future of the young lad.
However, a resolution was made at the end. It was agreed that Didier Drogba should mix both football and academics.
Didier Drogba had to pull out of the football academy and became formally registered to his school’s junior football team.
En aquesta etapa, hi va haver una oportunitat de barrejar tant acadèmics com jugar poc futbol.
After a little spell in France, Didier Drogba suddenly became unsettled living with his uncle. Ideally, he grew homesick not so long after his arrival in France.
When recently interviewed recently about this, Didier Drogba had this to say;…
'Recordo la meva primera vida a França. Plorava cada dia. No perquè estigués a França —hagués pogut estar a qualsevol lloc—, sinó perquè estava molt lluny, molt lluny dels meus pares. Els trobava a faltar molt.
Didier Drogba only endured for three years before giving up on France still at an early age. He was boldly telling his uncle about his desire to return to Ivory Coast to be with his parents.
After observing he couldn’t fight it any longer, Didier’s uncle angrily granted him this wish. He brought out monies and booked a flight for him. This saw Didier Drogba returning home to be with his parents in Abidjan.
Didier Drogba Biography – Leaving France for Africa:
Unfortunately, Didier Drogba’s return to his home country at the age of 8 didn’t go well. Ivory Coast was still at the peak of economic collapse at the time of his return.
The situation got to a point his parents couldn’t afford to pay his school fees. This resulted in Didier halting his education.
At some point, Didier Drogba began playing football at a local level. He began going to nearby football fields to get trained with friends. This he did for three years until he was 11.
Als 11 anys, els pares de Didier Drogba van perdre la feina. Aquesta vegada, la calor del temps d'inactivitat econòmica de Costa d'Ivori ja no podia ser barba.
Full of regrets for allowing their son to leave France, Didier Drogba’s parents shamefully reached out to Michel Goba once again for assistance. Didier Drogba at some point personally admitted the mistake of leaving France.
Fortunately for him, Uncle Michel Goba responded and sent money for Didier Drogba to make a second coming to France.
Didier Drogba Biography Facts – The Second Coming to France:
In his second coming to France, Uncle Michel Goba still respected his parent’s wish to have him continue his studies. Goba decided to put Didier Drogba in school. He also taught him the necessary antics in soccer.
Due to academic pursuits, Didier maintained football at the youth level where he played as a right back.
His Uncle Michel Goba connected him to a youth football club ‘Levallois SP’ in 1993. He was instrumental in doing Didier Drogba’s football paperwork as seen below.
Didier Drogba’s Football Paperwork (Age 14) was followed by his youth football at Le Mans.
Didier Drogba at this time concentrated on part-time football while studying at high school.
After high school education, he went further to pursue a Degree in Accounting a la Universitat de Maine. Al mateix temps, va combinar la seva educació amb el futbol a Le Mans.
Didier Drogba estava més interessat a acabar el títol de comptable abans de fer-se amb el futbol a temps complet.
A Certified Chartered Accountant:
Didier Drogba mai va voler ser futbolista professional fins que no va acabar la seva formació. L’ideal seria que Didier Drogba tingués el títol de Comptabilitat als 21 anys. Avui és un comptable acreditat.
At the age of 21 after his accounting degree, Didier decided to focus fully on football. First, he worked on the ability to play attacking roles.
This saw him converting to a forward instead of a right back. At that time, there were lots of players more talented than him. They had pure talent. Thou, Didier Drogba’s desire was stronger than their talent.
His hard work got him a transfer to Guingamp in 2002, where he helped the club avoid relegation to the second division.
This accolade also got him transferred to Marseille for the 2003-04 season, where he scored 19 goals in 35 games to win the French Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
Having reached his athletic prime, the 26-year-old was targeted by many of Europe’s top clubs, and Chelsea paid a transfer fee of roughly $36 million for his services in 2004. The rest is history!
Most Decorated African Footballer:
Didier Drogba Biography – Stopping a Civil War:
The Soccer Legend is often called ‘El Campió de la Pau ' per companys i aficionats.
Didier Drogba’s ability to persuade his country people in stopping what would have been termed a CIVIL WAR no doubt made him be named among "les 100 persones més influents del món" by Time Magazine.
As an immensely popular figure in his home country, he has used his standing for good purposes when his country was on the brink of a Civil war.
Això és el que va passar realment;
As Ivory Coast ravaged by civil war in 2006, Didier Drogba led the Elephants in prayers for peace after a World Cup qualifying game.
He further organized a team statement calling for an end to the war. This effort was credited in helping to bring about a cease-fire among armed groups in the Country.
This move brought immediate peace to all aggrieved cultural leaders in his country. In the end, a Post-Civil war that would have to take the lives of thousands was evaded.
Singing the African Way:
Despite living most of his life in European Countries, he never deviates from African culture. This involves singing his best country music as a compulsory song when told to sing on arrival at a new club.
Attraction to Chelsea FC Female Journalist:
Per Didier Drogba, divertir-se és gaudir del plaer. La presència d’aquest periodista en particular del Chelsea no era nova per als fans. Tu, no deixa de fer-li bones observacions.
Involvement with Magic System:
Abans de la seva primera Copa del Món, l'equip d'Ivori Coast va fer un enregistrament amb la Banda Local del Sistema Màgic. Aquí, Didier Drogba va demostrar al món que pot cantar i jugar al futbol.
National Team Leader:
Didier Drogba’s national teammates truly know what togetherness is. Their nature is unique and can’t be compared to other African National teams.
They reason together and act like real brothers. Didier Drogba who is naturally seen as the king is always at the centre of all affairs.
Interview with Thierry Henry:
Escolta el que Didier Drogba ha de dir sobre créixer jugant al futbol i les seves experiències jugant a l'Àfrica. Mireu a continuació;
Ice Bucket Challenge:
Didier Drogba loves the ice bucket challenge. He does that to promote research donations and awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease. Watch Below;
Didier Drogba Biography Facts – Super Mum Cooks for the National Team:
Didier Drogba’s mum still looks very "Jove i súper". La mare de Côte d'Ivoire internacional lidera un equip de dones que cuinen per a l'equip nacional i els seus seguidors.
Clotilde Drogba loves to do the traditional home cooking of beans, pepper soup, white rice and stew.
Segons ella, ‘I love to contribute to my nation by feeding both the national team supporters and players free of charge. My food gives supporters the strength to cheer our team to victory’.
Every match day, hundreds of the Elephants supporters queue up with empty bowls to collect food free of charge from the mother of the most influential Ivorian player. They do that before heading to the stands to sing and clap.
Didier Drogba Biography – A Taste of Anger:
Despite being diplomatic, Didier Drogba can also go mad. The video below reveals a moment he lost his cool.
As Didier Drogba puts it, "Això només pot passar quan tinc la sensació que enganyen a mi o al meu equip".
Una vegada va assenyalar amb el dit l’àrbitre Tom Henning Ovrebo després de l’enfrontament de la Champions amb el Barcelona. Aquest esclat tal com es presenta a continuació mostra a Didier Drogba realment embogit.
Solving Family Issue for a Friend:
He has once advised and helped his troubled Togolese friend ‘Emmanuel Adebayor‘ resolve his family issue.
Learning the Guitar:
Chris Cohen ensenya a Didier com utilitzar la guitarra i reproduir la seva cançó que els fans canten durant els partits, i després canta amb ell en un bosc. Mireu a sota;
Didier Drogba Love Life:
Sí, per sota de les expectatives de la gent, Didier Drogba es va conformar amb una dama de la seva Costa d'Ivori natal. Actualment està casat amb Diakité Lalla, una dona maliana que va conèixer a París, i la parella té tres fills junts.
A continuació es mostra la foto del casament tradicional de Didier Drogba que es va fer a Abidjan.
Didier Drogba Children:
Below is Isaac Drogba (Didier’s first son) and Iman Drogba (Didier’s First and only daughter). Isaac Drogba has played for Chelsea Under 14s.
His eldest son, Isaac, was born in France in 1999, but grew up in England and has played in the Chelsea academy system.
Didier Drogba també té un últim fill anomenat Kieran Drogba. Va néixer a 2010.
Didier Drogba’s Son – The Relationship with Isaac Drogba:
Didier really loves to celebrate his son. Isaac (Pictured above) is currently 17 years old at the time of writing this article.
Didier Drogba’s son Isaac wants to follow in his father’s footsteps at Chelsea but plans to represent England and not the Ivory Coast. He even snubbed France.
Didier Drogba Lifestyle – Spending time with Family:
Didier Drogba loves to take his wife and children on holiday trips on his luxurious yacht. The celebrity footballer has been seen on a sporting T-shirt with a picture of Mike Tyson across the front as he enjoyed a day out at St Tropez with his família.
Didier Drogba Rihanna Story:
Una vegada s’ha vist a Didier Drogba sortint i fent festa junt amb Rihanna. Això va ser després de la victòria de la Lliga de Campions del Chelsea.
Didier Drogba Biography – The Die Hard Footballer:
De fet, Didier Drogba estava preparat per viure, lluitar i morir pel Chelsea FC. És un autèntic Chelsea Legend, vingui pluja, vingui sol. Us presentem un dels seus 'Die Hardmoment.
Didier Drogba Frank Lampard Relationship:
Didier Drogba has always expressed his love for Frank Lampard. On regular occasions, mostly during celebrations, he forms the usual habit of singing the "Super Frank"song to Chelsea fans.
This one happened the day their Champions League’s trophy was brought home. Both friends are indeed, expendable. Watch Below;
Didier Drogba Roman Abramovich Relationship:
Didier Drogba indeed has a strong relationship with Roman Abrahimovic (Chelsea FC owner).
El nostre índex de popularitat de Didier Drogba.
No doubt, even though his time at Chelsea saw its end, memories of him will last forever.