Paris: Didier Drogba walked at six months, left home at five and fell in love with the woman who was to become his wife at the tender age of 17. Those are some of the landmark events covered in an account of the Ivorian footballer's extraordinary life about to be published in cartoon form in France.
A young enthusiast in Paris reads a comic book in which Drogba is the main character. Pic/AFP
Editions are also planned for Britain, where Drogba is still idolised by supporters of his former club Chelsea; Brazil, where he is due to play in the World Cup later this year. Entitled "From Tito to Drogba," the album traces the 35-year-old's journey from modest roots in Abidjan to the summit of world football. The Tito in the title refers to his childhood nickname.
It was first published in 2012 in Ivory Coast, where Drogba is revered both as a linchpin of the national team, the Elephants, and a symbol of national unity - thanks to his detour into peacemaking diplomacy when the country was teetering on the brink of civil war in 2006.