Didier Drogba was the only footballer this year (Kaka & Cristiano have made the list previously) to make Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.
If soccer is a religion in England, then the Slug and Lettuce pub in Putney is its Vatican. There, over warm beer and soggy fries, middle-aged men pontificate on everything from the inherent sinfulness of the offside trap to the fallibility of Wayne Rooney's left foot. But like church officials confronted with Galileo's telescope, football's high priests can't quite make sense of Didier Drogba. "He's a weapon, not a footballer," says one. "A specimen," says another. "The scariest footballer in the world."
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Probably the classiest source ever. Also, there's a video there where Didier talks about the most influential person in his life. It wont embed properly :(.