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29 Dec 2017

10 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About George Weah

Retired football star, George Weah, won the run-off presidential election in Liberia on Thursday to emerge the 25th President of that country.
George Weah
The star, who was born on October 1, 1966, and who was the candidate of the Congress for Democratic Change, the same party that he founded in 2003, won 13 out of the 15 counties in the country, beating Vice-President Joseph Boakai. Reports said he won with 61.5 per cent of the total votes cast to Boakai’s 38.5 per cent.

1. After starting his career in his home country of Liberia, Arsene Wenger brought him to Europe where he signed for Monaco in 1988.

2. Weah moved to Paris Saint German in 1992 where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994-95 UEFA Champions League.

3. He signed for AC Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, and won the Italian Serie A, twice. His most notable goal in Italy saw him run the length of the field against Verona.

4. He moved to the English Premier League towards the end of his career and had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001, and subsequently ending his career with Al-Jazira in 2003.

5. At international level, he represented Liberia at the African Cup of Nations on two occasions.

6. An idol in Africa, Weah has been heavily involved in politics in his homeland Liberia and ran unsuccessfully for president in the 2005 elections, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting.

7. In the 2011 election, he ran for vice president on Winston Tubman’s ticket. Running as a Congress for Democratic Change candidate, Weah was elected to the senate in 2014.

8. As successful as he was at club level, Weah was not able to bring over that success to the Liberia National Team. In total, Weah played 60 games for Liberia over 20 years, scoring 22 goals.

9. Along with all-time greats in the sport such as Alfredo Di Stefano and George Best, Weah is regarded as being among the best football players who never got the chance to play at a World Cup.

10. Upon official announcement, George Weah will be the only retired professional footballer to emerge as the President of a country.

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