Liberian President George Weah Comes Out Of Retirement Against Nigeria Aged 51

Liberian President George Weah Comes Out Of Retirement Against Nigeria Aged 51

Liberian President George Weah Comes Out Of Retirement Against Nigeria Aged 51

And though he has his hands tied with political duties, last night, the 1995 Ballon d'Or victor played in an official Federation Internationale de Football Association fixture against Nigeria, captaining the team and wearing the famous No.14 shirt for the final time before the number gets retired.

Weah - the first non-European to win the Ballon d'Or during a spectacular career that included spells at Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan - was sworn in as Liberia's president at the start of the year.

At the grand old age of 51, George Weah turned out for Liberia one last time in a friendly against Nigeria on Tuesday evening.

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In the encounter, two Nigerians scored their first worldwide goals - Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo - and a third - John Ogu - was named captain for the first time - a tremendous occasion for the trio - but sadly, they recorded the feat against a 51-year-old retired footballer turned Politician.

The Ballon d'Or victor, who is now president of the country, was given the chance to wear his preferred No 14 shirt one last time in a friendly match with Nigeria. "We have to find him, expose him to the world and give him the opportunity to actualise his dream".

While commending the Nigerian government, the Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles for the honour done him on the occasion which was to celebrate his contributions to Liberian Football, Weah revealed that as a people, Liberians look up to Nigeria's pedigree in the round leather game and will work hard to get there.

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However, fans were stunned when the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the line within the starting XI, almost two decades since announcing his retirement.

Henry Onyekuru, who is now on loan at Galatasaray, opened scoring for the Super Eagles, firing into the top corner to make it 1-0.

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