The list, now in its seventh year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
Drogba, who features on the front cover of the issue, which goes on sale today, is one of very few sportsmen to have featured in the list. Previous sportsmen featured in the list include legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, and the man once labeled "the walking billboard," former basketball star Michael Jordan.
Managing Editor of TIME, Rick Stengel, has said of the list, "The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world.
"They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.
"The Time 100 is not about the influence of power but the power of influence. Some of the people you’ll encounter on this list are influential in the traditional sense - we also seek out people whose ideas and actions are revolutionising their fields and transforming lives."Drogba, who will represent the Ivory Coast at this summer’s World Cup, appears in the 100 list alongside Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Simon Cowell.