Didier Drogba wins Barclays Spirit of the Game award

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been given the Barclays Spirit of the Game award for his charitable work in Africa.

The Ivorian set up the Dider Drogba Foundation in 2007 to aid those without health services or educational facilities.

The 37-year-old donated all the profit from his book 'Didier Drogba: The Autobiography' and also his DVD 'The Incredible Destiny of Didier Drogba' to the foundation.

On receiving the award Drogba said: "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," said Drogba on The Sport Review.

"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."

The Ivorian's foundation paid for 5,000 school bags and recently completed the construction of a hospital in the Ivory Coast. In order to equip the hospital Drogba hosted the foundation's annual ball at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Chelsea team-mates John Terry, Petr Cech, Eden Hazard and others were in attendance with other guests including Thierry Henry, Edgar Davids and Jermaine Defoe. The ball happened on the eve of the Blues' 1-0 victory over Manchester United and raised a staggering £400,000. A good result all round for the Chelsea legend.

Didier Drogba is in his second spell at the west London club following short spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray. The 37-year-old has played third fiddle to Diego Costa and Loic Remy this season, but has still managed 26 appearances returning four goal in the Premier League.

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