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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will be honoured with the 2020 UEFA President’s Award at the Champions League draw on Thursday.
The UEFA president selected the Chelsea legend based on his “commitment to excellence both on and off the pitch”.
The award recognises Drogba’s outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities.
Drogba will be presented with the award by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during Thursday’s draw in Geneva, and he will join the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Eusebio and Johan Cruyff on the illustrious roll of honour.
Speaking ahead of the draw, Ceferin was full of praise for the Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend.
“Drogba is a hero to millions of football fans for his achievements throughout his glittering playing career,” said Ceferin.
“He is a leader, a pioneer. I will remember him as a player for his skill, strength and intelligence, but above all for his insatiable appetite to succeed – a trait which is just as present in his desire to help others off the field of play.
“The UEFA Champions League has become the greatest club competition in the world, partly due to our clubs being able to attract the best players from around the world.
“We have been lucky to have seen the likes of George Weah, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba play at the very highest level. They in turn have blazed a trail for African footballers and have given inspiration to a whole new generation to look to follow in their footsteps.”