Didier Drogba, the Ivorian striker currently playing for Chelsea FC, is probably one of the most recognizable faces in African soccer right now. The stories surrounding him have reached near mythical status - especially that of the Ivorian Civil War. The Ivory Coast has been riven with civil strife on and off for well over the past decade. As the story goes, shortly after the Ivorian team qualified for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba grabbed a microphone in his dressing room and pleaded with the warring factions on national television to lay down their arms and consider peace.And within a week, they did exactly that.It didn’t end the conflict forever but it did cause people to pause. It’s a testament to the heroic status that Drogba has reached in his home country that he has the sort of influence to do such a thing. Drogba has been giving back to his home country and local community for years, building hospitals and even becoming a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Programme. It’s stories like this that inspire us here at love.fútbol - soccer has the ability to empower people and those people can then turn around and use that confidence and pride to empower their communities.