From the pitch to the Presidential palace – The story of George Weah.

This is the story of a true african hero that has eloped from grace to more grace, with many great achievements in the world of sports, and now beginning a new story in the world of politics.

George Oppong Weah, who has been recognized with many credible acknowledgements in professional football, is soon to be the first former professional footballer to become a President of a Nation.
In football, among his long list of awards, he was regarded as FIFA world best player of 1995 and won the Ballon d’or that same year.Named African footballer of the year 1996 and listed as one of
the FIFA 100 greatest living footballers.

Born on the 1st of October 1966, George grew up playing domestic Liberian League and was picked up by Arsene Wenger in 1988, who was a manager of Monaco at that time.
George Weah had a 14 years successful football career, playing for clubs like; Monaco, Paris Saint German, Milan, Marseille, Manchester city and Chelsea. At the mid point of his football career,
George Weah had with a Portugese player “Jorge Costa”, in which George had broken Costa’s nose for throwing some racist taunts at him. Costa sued George Weah to court, which resulted to a six match

George Weah later retired from professional football in 2003, after a flying career in Chelsea, Marseille, then Al-jazira of UAE.

After the second liberian civil war, George Weah publicly announced his intentions to run for President in 2005 and formed a party called “Congress for Change Democratic party”.
His candidate at that time was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who capitalized on the fact that George Weah was educationally inadequate to rule, unlike her, who was a graduate of harvard. Though his eligibility to
compete was questioned, he was later allowed to compete. He eventually lost the elections to Ellen Sirleaf with 40.6% votes to 59.4% votes.

George Weah, seeing his Education inadequacy as a weakness and a hindrance to future political campaigns, he enrolled into Devry University in Miami to read Business administration. He remained politically
active and was elected into the Liberian senate in December 2014, which was a landslide victory over Robert Sirleaf, the son of the President of Liberia.

He was elected as the President of Liberia in 2017, after a victory over the Vice President, Joseph Boakai after claiming 61.5 % of total votes.



Justin C Ifeanyichukwu also known as Eastcoastprince or ECP is a Nigerian blogger, writer and digital media strategist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology Technology from the University Of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He is the founder and Chief executive officer of the viral content website “Storyteller Nigeria”.

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