The former World Footballer of the Year has emerged victorious in Liberia’s presidential election, beating his closest rival Joseph Boakai, it has emerged.
By SportBrief Reporter
The 1995 Ballon d’Or winner, George Weah, has landed the biggest job in his home country of Liberia after winning the nation’s presidential elections.
The 51 year-old retired professional footballer turned politician is now set to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after having beaten his fierce rival, vice president Joseph Boakai.
Weah enjoyed a stellar career during his playing days, becoming the first African to win the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or award in 1995 when he was at AC Millan. He also went on to win multiple titles with the Italian club.
He has also won trophies with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, and had stints with Chelsea (loan) and Manchester City in addition to playing 60 times for Liberia.
Apparently, this is not the first time George has competed in high level Algerian politics, having previously been beaten in the race for vice presidency in 2011.
Prior to the win, the former AC Millan forward had been gaining popularity among the Liberian people with his promises of transparence and fair governance.
Liberian newspaper editor Othello Garblah was quoted as saying: “Weah is very popular. He promises to fight corruption, improve education and create jobs.
“All the candidates have similar programmes, so voters choose personalities. Weah’s popularity is down to what he did as a player.”