Didier Drogba named “goodwill ambassador”
Former Chelsea and Galatasaray star Didier Drogba was announced on Monday as the World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador for sport and health.
âHis efforts off the field are equally impressive, including his role in promoting peace in CÃ´te d’Ivoire, and using his name, profile and own resources to promote health and fight poverty. I am delighted to welcome Didier Drogba as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health, âWHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a special event.
Drogba said it was a “great honor” to be appointed a WHO Goodwill Ambassador.
The former Ivorian international added that he was “determined to work in partnership with WHO, FIFA, civil society, youth, the private sector and other stakeholders to reach as many football fans as possible. “to increase physical activity and provide healthy care. lifestyles especially for young people.
In 2007, while an active football player, Drogba became a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador to raise awareness of economic, infrastructural and development challenges in Africa and globally.
Drogba started his career in France where he played for Le Mans, Guingamp and Olympique de Marseille. However, it was after his move to Chelsea that he started to establish himself as one of the greatest strikers of the 21st century.
He has scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea.
His most important goal was the equalizer in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich, which saw Chelsea claim the title for the first time.
The 43-year-old also played for Turks Galatasaray in 53 appearances to score 20 goals between 2013 and 2014. He helped the Istanbul club reach the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013.
He won four English Premier League titles with Chelsea (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015).
Two-time African Football of the Year was the Turkish champion with Galatasaray in 2013.
Drogba played for his native Ivory Coast in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments.
He has scored 65 goals in 105 international caps for CÃ´te d’Ivoire.
Drogba retired from the game in 2018.