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Didier Drogba - Portrait of a Hero: The Biography of Didier Drogba [Hardcover]

John McShane
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31 May 2007
Didier Drogba...the name strikes fear into defenders throughout football and excites soccer fans around the world. The giant forward is one of the most charismatic figures of the modern era and his life story is as amazing as some of the goals which have turned him into a hero on two continents. Born in 1978 into a large family in a poor suburb of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, he was sent to live in France with an uncle, a professional footballer, at the tender age of five. The infant Drogba didn't see his parents for three years as he travelled around France with his uncle who moved from club to club. Returning home to more heartache - his parents were to lose their jobs in the struggling economy - it was decided he should return to France for good. But the story was only just beginning. His parents banned him from football for a year so he could devote more time to his schoolwork, but eventually he signed with French side Le Mans before moving to newly-promoted Guingamp; as the goals started to flow he also became an Ivory Coast international. It was when he moved to one of France's biggest sides, Olympique Marseilles, that the awesome talent of the 6 feet 2 inches tall striker - who, amazingly, had started out as a full back - fully emerged onto the world stage. He became French Footballer of the Season and was nominated as a candidate for World Player of the Year as the goal-rush began, prompting Chelsea to splash out a club-record fee of GBP 24 million to bring him to Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, idolised as captain of 'The Elephants', his country's national side, his goals and commitment were eventually to win over the London club's supporters; and along the way he caused a storm when he went on television and apparently confessed to 'diving' in opposition penalty areas. His sending off in a brutal Champions League clash with Barcelona led to one of the world's top referees quitting the game after death threats to his family. Drogba even had to face competition for his place from the world's most expensive footballer, the GBP 30 million Ukrainian goal-machine Andriy Shevchenko. Now one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, his amazing life story reveals the struggle of his early years, his battle for acceptance on and off the football field and the candid truth about his rivalry with Shevchenko in a story that really is stranger than fiction.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184454415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844544158
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John McShane worked as a reporter in Fleet Street covering conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Ireland before becoming associate editor of The Daily Mirror and The Sunday Mirror. His is the author of the highly-acclaimed biography of Arsenal favourite Perry Groves, We All Live in a Perry Groves World. He is married with three children and has homes in London and Spain.

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In the late 1970s the people of the Ivory Coast - La Côte d'Ivoire -were living, although few of them realised it, on the brink of economic disaster. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 10 Feb 2014
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Didier Drogba is my football and Chelsea mad son's hero so he is enjoying this book getting inspired by how he started football. Reasonably priced and very quick delivery will use again.
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I bought this book used and it came and I thought it was new. Was in great condition and it's a great read very happy with my purchase.
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