RETIRED FOOTBALLER, GEORGE WEAH BECOMES PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA
Footballer turned politician, George Weah has been voted in as the President of Liberia.
Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all-time and as one of the best forwards of his generation, in 1995 George Weah was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards. In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was named the African Footballer of the Year and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century.
To say that George Weah is a national hero in his home country Liberia is an understatement.
Weah, who played for teams including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, and Chelsea, was the highest-ranking African footballer in Fifa’s list of greatest players of the 20th century.
His previous presidential bid, in 2005, was defeated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He was a senator for
the western province of Montserrado, while he vied for president again. George Weah finally succeeds Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, defeating his close competitor, vice president Joseph Boakai.
Congratulations George Weah.