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From winning the Ballon d’Or to becoming president of his country: the incredible story of George Weah

From winning the Ballon d’Or to becoming president of his country: the incredible story of George Weah

George Weah He is an emblematic figure both in the world of soccer like in the policy. Born on October 1, 1966 in Monrovia, LiberiaWeah grew up in modest circumstances and overcame numerous obstacles to become one of the most notable footballers of his generation and eventually the president of his country.

Weah He began his football career in Liberia before embarking on a successful international career that took him to some of the most prestigious clubs in Europe. He played on teams like AS Monacohe Paris Saint-Germainhe AC Milanhe Chelsea and the Manchester City. During his time with the Italian team, Weah won the coveted Golden Ball in nineteen ninety fivebecoming the first and so far only player African in achieving this honor. That year the rules were changed so that any footballer in the world who played in Europe could aspire to the award.

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That same year he was also voted FIFA World Player.

As a forward, Weah He was known for his speed, technical ability and scoring ability. His impressive career in European football saw him win numerous Titles as: two Italian leagues, a French league and an FA Cup in England.

His journey through politics until he became president

At the end of the Second Liberian Civil War in 2005, the African nation organized the first elections in decades. At that time Weah saw his opportunity, as he was practically considered a god in his land. No person born on that soil had achieved the international significance that the forward achieved.

Thanks to that popularity he built a political career that, after two failed attempts, allowed him win the presidential elections of December 26, 2017 with 61.5% of the votes. In the middle, He was elected senator in 2014.

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He began his political career in a Liberia that had just overcome a long civil war.  Without experience in the matter, he founded the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party with which he would run in the first presidential elections in 2005.

He began his political career in a Liberia that had just overcome a long civil war. Without experience in the matter, he founded the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party with which he would run in the first presidential elections in 2005.

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He did not have the same luck as in football

As president, Weah had committed to addressing the socioeconomic challenges facing Liberia, including povertyhe unemployment and the lack of access to medical attention and the education.

He was criticized for his lack of training and for not being prepared to lead a state. His mandate was highly criticized because he barely fulfilled his promises and left a economy in recession, rising inflation and complaints of corruption. These indicators unleashed the indignation of the poorest, who had trusted him as the country’s greatest sports idol.

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They accused him of being a traitor in the streets.

They accused him of being a traitor in the streets.

Despite all the negative image he obtained during his government, he was not far from being re-elected in the elections held at the end of 2023In fact, he won in the first round, but then lost in the second round. Your competitor Joseph Boakaisurpassed it with a 50.89 percent of the votes, against his 49.11.

The legacy that did not defend the same colors

Although he does not even look at his father’s career in sporting terms, his son Timothy Weah can brag to his father that he has an achievement that he never achieved: scoring a goal in the world Cup. Born andl February 22, 2000 in NYdecided to represent the United States national teamand with that shirt he scored against Welsh in the group stage of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

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His son decided to play in the country in which he was born and not in his father's land.

His son decided to play in the country in which he was born and not in his father’s land.

In 2017, at just 17 years old, he signed with the Paris Saint-Germaina team in which his father played from 1992 to 1995. Then, after not having a leading role in the first team, he had a brief experience in the Scottish Celtic and then sign for the Lille of Francewhere he had great performances that earned him his signing to the Juventus by 12 million euros in 2023.

In addition to the North American team, Weah Jr. had the chance to play for Liberiaby your father; Jamaicafor her mother, Clar Marie Duncan; and even in Francefor having lived there for many years.

Source: Ambito

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