Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba has been named ambassador of the French Professional Football League (LPF) alongside 1998 World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff.
Drogba played his youth football essentially in France, where he also kicked off his professional career at Le Mans in 1998 before moving on to Guingamp and Marseille.
“The French Professional Football League is happy and proud to be able to count on two former great footballers in the development of the sport in France,” the LPF said in a statement on Thursday. “Across the season, Youri and Drogba will be participating in promotional events organized by the LFP.”
The former Chelsea talisman is happy with the role and vowed to help in promoting football in the European country. “I am proud to be able to help the French Professional Football League in this new project,” Drogba said.
“French football offered me a lot. Becoming an ambassador of the Ligue 1, I will be able to help in the development of the championship that made me who I am today.”
Drogba currently plays for US-based Phoenix Rising, which he co-owns. He is also a shareholder and managerial staff of Williamsville Athletic Club in Ivory Coast.