Didier Drogba, born in Ivory Coast, was sent to France at a young age to become a professional footballer under the watch of his uncle. He however returned, homesick. He was sent back to France a few years later, followed by his jobless parents. Drogba did not make much headway till 21; his coaches said he was not strong enough to take the rigours of training and playing every week. In 1998, he married Alla, a Malian woman he met in Paris. The birth of his first child Isaac in 1999 changed his career. “It straightened me out,” says Drogba. He subsequently moved from Olympique de Marseille to Chelsea, where he became a star.
Source: ‘Goal! Football World Cup Quiz and Fun Book’ by Austin Coutinho, Popular Prakashan, 2010.