President George Weah Makes Football Comeback

George Weah made a stunning return to action for Liberia at the age of 51

George Weah made a stunning return to action for Liberia at the age of 51

George Weah, President of Liberia and former World Footballer of the Year, made a surprise return to global football in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing for 79 minutes in a 2-1 friendly loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.

The 51-year-old, once named African Player of the Century, led the attack, but couldn't recreate the kind of performances that saw him score more than 200 goals, as a strong Super Eagles team ran out 2-1 winners in Monrovia.

Weah was the victor of the 1995 Fifa Player of the Year for his exploits with Paris Saint-Germain.

Super Eagles of Nigeria travel to Monrovia, Liberia to face the Liberian national team in a Federation Internationale de Football Association friendly match today.

Widely regarded as one of the top strikers of his generation, the elder Weah scored 22 goals in 61 appearances for Liberia while becoming the only African player to win a FIFA World Player of the Year or Ballon d'Or.

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In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the Federation Internationale de Football Association 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

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However, fans were stunned when the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the line within the starting XI, almost two decades since announcing his retirement.

The former AC Milan star, who also had brief spells with Chelsea and Manchester City, played for 79 minutes of Liberia's 2-1 defeat to the Super Eagles in a game organised to retire the number 14 shirt he had worn for his country during the peak of his playing career.

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