A world football star in the 1990s, George Weah won Liberia’s presidential election run-off of 26 December 2017. Born in 1966 in Monrovia, Weah was raised by his grandmother in one of the capital’s slums. He trained in Liberia’s two largest football clubs before beginning his international career with a Cameroonian club. He joined AS Monaco in 1988, where he quickly established himself as a great striker, and then he moved to Paris Saint Germain in 1992 and AC Milan in 1995. It was in that year he became the first -- and the only since -- African player to be rewarded with the “Ballon d’Or” title. A true African idol, “Mister George” works in parallel with different charities. In 1997, he was named as UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador for health issues, before devoting himself, starting in 2003, to facilitating the peace process at the end of Liberia’s civil war. In 2005, he became involved in the political life of his country by running for president, but he was defeated in the second round by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who won 60% of the vote. He ran again on the ticket as the vice-presidential candidate with Winston Tubman in the 2011 presidential election. He won a seat as a senator from Monrovia, beating the president’s son, Robert Sirleaf, with 78% of the vote. It was in the wake of this victory that he announced his wish to run in the 2017 presidential election.
President of Liberia