Former World Player of the Year George Weah makes international return at 51-years-old

Former World Player of the Year George Weah makes international return at 51-years-old

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Liberian President George Weah makes international return at 51-years-old

Former World Footballer of the Year and Liberian President George Weah made a shock return to international football on Tuesday night against Nigeria.

Weah, 51, dusted off his boots to face the Super Eagles in a 2-1 defeat in Monrovia, in what was originally scheduled to be a game in which his famous number 14 shirt was retired by Liberia. Instead, he came out with the full kit on, wearing 14 on his back and his boots on ready to go.

The footballer-turned-President enjoyed a glittering career throughout the 1990s, playing for the likes of Monaco, Paris-Saint-Germain and AC Milan, before spells in England with Chelsea and Manchester City. His participation at the game shocked all in attendance, who did not anticipate that he would earn his 61st cap on Tuesday.

In 1995, he won both the World Footballer of the Year award and the Ballon d’Or, remaining the only African player to have claimed both during his professional career. He scored 193 goals in 478 games during his club career and is remembered as one of the greatest players to have come from his continent.

What’s more is his son, Timothy Weah, was also in action on the same night for the USA, who defeated Mexico 1-0 in a friendly.

Less than two weeks before his 52nd birthday, Weah lasted 79 minutes before being substituted to a standing ovation, following what was surely his final appearance in a professional match.

Check out George Weah warming up ahead of the game last night:

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