As the World Cup commences today in Brazil, let us remember that football goes beyond the pitch.
In his docu-series, Football Rebels, Eric Cantona profiled footballers who have used their talented to make a difference in their communities. I was especially inspired by Drogba’s story, not only because he was my favourite Chelsea player, but also because he was able to move beyond the personal for the greater good. He became the symbol of peace for a nation on the brink of conflict, he spoke for all; young and old, rich and poor, tribe regardless, man, woman and child. He moved the conscience of a nation to fight for peace. Football wasn’t about fame and fortune, it was a vehicle for peace. As it could, and should, be.