Drogba's mum was a huge fan of Yugoslav strongman Tito

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London, Oct.7 (ANI): Yugoslav leader Marshal Tito's fighting spirit and bravery enthused football star Didier Drogba's mother Clotilde so much that she dubbed her son Tito.

Clotilde wanted to instill those leadership values in her son when she gave him the nickname, reports The Sun.

Clotilde said: "When I was pregnant with Didier there was this general who was the leader of Yugoslavia, Marshal Tito, that I appreciated a lot for his values and perseverance. I loved him a lot because of his fighting spirit and that's why we called Didier Tito."

It is the perseverance that Tito showed as leader of Yugoslavia that inspired Drogba, now 31, to stick with football when things were going against him.

Aged 11, after a financial crisis hit the Ivory Coast, Drogba moved to France with uncle Michael Goba, a journeyman pro footballer.

Parents Clotilde and Albert didn't join him until he was 13 - and the first thing they did was ban him from playing football for a year. That was because Didier was in danger of becoming a tearaway and, when he was forced to repeat a year in school, his parents acted swiftly.

A few years later, aged 17, he spent another year away from football - this time breaking a foot in a training-ground accident when at Levallois.

The Ivory Coast hit man had to wait until he was 25 to make his breakthrough with Marseille before a 24-million pound switch to Chelsea made him a global star. (ANI)

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