George Weah: Still Putting His Best Foot Forward

George Weah in action against the Armed Forces of Liberia at the Barclay Training Center.

He hung his boots as an active player in 2003, but at 51, football legend George Weah’s age is just a number.

Though his weight has increased and his acceleration and speed have reduced, he still maintains his dribbling and goal scoring abilities as defenders still find it difficult to contain him and his creative style of play.

Over the weekend, Weah again showed some members of the current generation who were not opportune to watch him play during his active football career, why he was considered so good in his heyday. As part of events marking his inauguration as president of Liberia, the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year led his team, Weah All Stars, to a 2-1 victory against Armed Forces of Liberia at the Barclay Training Center.

Weah slotted home a deflected free kick during the first half.

However, there is no “I” in teamwork. The 51-year-old legend could not do it all by himself. Weah All Stars is comprised of former national team players who played alongside Weah for the Lone Star during their active football careers.

Though their opponent – the military – had a strong side, but the ex national team players were so strategic in their style of play, with perfect control over ball coordination, they put the military a difficult position to win the match.

There are lots of great moments the younger generation missed, for which they are eager just to get a gist of whenever Weah is on the pitch. Widely seen at as one of the greatest African players of all time, the Liberian football star became the first and to date only African player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year during his spell at AC Milan, European Best and Ballon d’Or. In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was also named the African Footballer of the Year. He was also named African Player of the Century in 1996.

To crown the list, he is now former-football-great-turned-president-of-a-country!

There are also a lot more awards that the legend won through his brilliant performing days; however, despite hanging his boots and putting on more weight, the 51-year old continues to put his best foot forward whenever he touches down on the playing pitch.


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