Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has won the Barclays Spirit of the Game award in honour of his charity throughout Africa.
The 37-year-old’s foundation has focused on the improvement of several vital areas of infrastructure, which include education and healthcare, to support children in his homeland of the Ivory Coast.
Drogba also donates his entire commercial and sponsorship wages to this noble cause, while the project’s latest installment was a medical centre in his home town of Abidjan.
The former Ivory Coast captain’s own upbringing was a difficult task and he has work “tirelessly” to help those from a similar background as himself.
The 2002 UEFA Champions League winner said: “I come from a poor family where I played football in the streets with my friends with no shoes, there was no grass but we still enjoyed it.
“There is nothing better than when you see a kid with a smile on his face and that is why I’m trying to help. I want to do a lot of things in Africa, I want to give people the chance to dream, and it is easier to dream when you are in good health and happy.”
Drogba’s award follows recent weeks in where other Blues players won awards, with winger Eden Hazard has been nominated as the PFA Player of the Year, and Middlesbrough loanee Patrick Bamford, the forward being on loan from Chelsea, picked up the English Championship Player of the Year award.