George Weah: Ballon d’Or to presidency

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George Weah is a true footballing great.

A former player for AC Milan, PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea, Weah was one of the greatest strikers of his generation. Amongst his accolades are the coveted Ballon d’Or trophy, as he became the first African to pick up the famous individual prize. Now reserved almost exclusively for Messi and Ronaldo, achieving the level acquired to be named the player of the year in 1995 means he beat Paolo Maldini, Jürgen Klinsmann and Roberto Baggio to the prize. And he did so with a comfortable lead in terms of votes…

This now, over 20 years on, is the case in Weah’s home nation of Liberia where he has been running for the presidency. An outsider on paper, Weah’s status as a national hero and a man of his people has been displayed, clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the West African nation to record a comprehensive victory.

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He could deal with the pressure on the pitch, netting 193 times in his club career and scoring 22 times for his country. But now, he is serving Liberia in a whole new way as a nation looks to one it’s most famous exports for guidance.