Hodder & Stoughton has acquired the "unusually gripping" autobiography of footballer Didier Drogba.
Consultant editor Roddy Bloomfield signed world rights from The Sports PR Company and David Luxton Associates.
Drogba began his career in France, but is best known for playing at Chelsea from 2004-2012, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player for the club and was voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player. He was also the first African player to score more than 100 goals in thePremier League and the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals. In his career for his national team Cote d’Ivoire, he became their all-time top goal scorer, was chosen twice as African Footballer of the Year and was also the first African footballer to win the prestigious Golden Foot.
Bloomfield said: “Apart from Didier Drogba’s long and spectacular football career he has a most impressive record of achievements as someone who cares passionately about the world’s underprivileged. Hodder are thrilled to be publishing his unusually gripping and inspirational story.”
In addition, Drogba is a UN Ambassador and founder of the Didier Drogba Foundation, which is currently building clinics in the Ivory Coast. During the Ivorian Civil War he was involved in brokering peace and Time magazine named him one of the World's 100 Most Influential People for his humanitarian work.
Hodder & Stoughton will publish Drogba’s autobiography in October.