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Kakha Kaladze: From football star to political leader

Kakha Kaladze graced the pitch of San Siro for almost a decade as a defender. Nowadays, his life looks very different as a politician and mayor in Georgia. From playing with Andriy Shevchenko and Paolo Maldini to influencing his home country’s development, urban modernization and sustainability. It’s the unusual journey of one of Georgia’s best-ever players.

 

 

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Kakha Kaladze was born in Samtredia, Georgia and began his football career with local Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi before making a significant move to Dynamo Kyiv in 1998. He later joined AC Milan in 2001, where he achieved remarkable success, including two UEFA Champions League titles and a Serie A championship. Kaladze is known for his strong defensive skills, which he used to earn over 80 caps for the Georgian national team, often serving as captain.

After retiring from football in 2012, Kaladze transitioned into politics, joining the center-right Georgian Dream party. His move into public service marked a new chapter in his life, showcasing his dedication to improving and representing country beyond the football field.

Deputy Prime Minister

Kaladze’s political career began as he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy in 2012. In these roles, he focused on energy independence and infrastructural development. He was later elected as the Mayor of Tbilisi in 2017, and has been instrumental in urban development projects, aiming to modernize the city’s infrastructure. His political platform emphasizes sustainability, economic growth, and improving public services, reflecting his commitment to advancing and developing opportunities within Georgia’s capital.

The 46-year-old Kaladze’s remarkable journey from a celebrated footballer to a respected political figure highlights his versatility and dedication as a leader. His efforts in both arenas have left a lasting impact, making him a prominent figure in both sports and public service.