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Didier Drogba walked at six months, left home at age five and fell in love with the woman whowas to become his wife at the tender age of 17.
Those are some of the landmark events covered in an account of the Cote d'Ivoire soccerplayer's extraordinary life, about to be published in animated form in France.
Editions are also planned for Britain, where Drogba is still idolized by supporters of his formerclub Chelsea; Brazil, where he is due to play in the World Cup later this year, and Turkey,where he currently stars for Galatasaray.
Subtitled "From Tito to Drogba", the book traces the 35-year-old's journey from modest roots inAbidjan to the summit of world soccer.
The Tito in the subtitle refers to his childhood nickname.
The book was first published in 2012 in Cote d'Ivoire, where Drogba is revered both as alinchpin of the national team, the Elephants, and a symbol of national unity - thanks to hisdetour into peacemaking diplomacy when the country was teetering on the brink of civil war in2006.
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, 1978, Drogba first moved to France at the age of five to live with his uncle,Michel Goba, a professional player, because his parents believed the move would give theyoungster a better chance in life.
He has often spoken of how difficult he found his childhood years, the long spells spent apartfrom his parents and the upheaval of moving around as his uncle regularly changed clubs.
His parents finally joined him in France when he was 13 and the family settled in the Parissuburbs, where Drogba began what was to be an illustrious career at Levallois SC.
"The book goes into a lot of detail," Drogba recently told sports daily L'Equipe. "It is a fun wayto learn lots of things about me and to show young people that, if they do what I did, they canachieve their objectives.
"The most important thing is to show you can exceed your dreams. For me soccer has becomemy job, my way of making a living, and that in turn has allowed me to meet many famouspeople, to be a UNICEF ambassador."
The man responsible for the book is Gabin Bao, a 36-year-old Ivorian who spent years on theproject.
"I met him several times after we did the deal and he really liked the idea of sending a messageto young Africans," Bao said of working with Drogba.