Another accolade in Didier Drogba’s cap as he makes the Times 100 most influential persons of 2010.
The African Footballer of the year inspires universal awe as a player but as a person, Drogba is beloved in his native Cote D’Ivoire as the man who furthered the cause of peace in a war torn country. Millions will watch him at this year’s World Cup as he carries the hopes of his country and of Africa, as one of its influential and recognizable personalities.
The other sportspersons making the most influential list: Serena Williams, Kim Yu Na, Phil Mickelson, and Sachin Tendulkar. Quite surprised Roger Federer was left out.
Björgólfur Gudmundsson, West Ham’s former owner makes the list of Slimy Bastards:
” Former owner and chairman of the Icelandic bank Landsbanki
Iceland’s second billionaire ever — the first was his son, Thor Björgólfsson (in Iceland, your last name is just your dad’s first name plus either -sson or -dottir) — he went from being worth $1.1 billion to $0. And he’s being investigated. And he destroyed his country’s economy. And Gordon Brown used antiterrorist laws to freeze Landsbanki’s U.K. holdings. And he named his bank Landsbanki. The British hate him more than they hate his country’s volcanoes.”