President George Weah Makes Football Comeback

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Liberia President and former Ballon d'Or victor George Weah made a surprise return to worldwide football at the age of 51.

The last time Liberia and Nigeria played, at senior level, was in 2001 during the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2002 World Cup qualifier.

According to Reuters, Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire Weah's famous No. 14 jersey. Fans were shocked to see the former World player of the year lead his team onto the pitch, 16 years after his last appearance.

Team-mates of Weah wore shirts with "Thank you King George" on them as a tribute to the legend who retired from worldwide football 16 years ago.

Even though he retired 15 years ago and he's quickly approaching 52 of years of age, he played 79 minutes in the 2-1 defeat.

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Two first-half goals through Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo sealed the win for Gernot Rohr's men despite a late penalty from Liberia's No.9.

Weah enjoyed a career in Europe spanning almost a decade and a half that saw him play for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in France, AC Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.

After the game, Weah hailed Nigeria as a great and worthy ally in national development, while describing the country's football as a model that he wants his country to follow.

Weah, who scored a landslide victory in presidential elections last December, is the only African footballer to win the world and European awards.

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