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

Given he's been the president of Liberia since January, George Weah therefore has the power to make pretty much anything happen in his country; his say is final.

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


But this wasn't some sort of brief cameo from the former Monaco and AC Milan striker in his last swan-song. Even though he retired 15 years ago and he's quickly approaching 52 of years of age, he played 79 minutes in the 2-1 defeat. That's what you call rolling back the years.

Nigeria fielded quite a strong side for the friendly/swansong for Weah, but the most crazy thing about the whole deal is his appearance came on the same night his 18-year old son Timothy turned out for the United States.

Weah Jr, who made history by scoring for PSG in Ligue One this season 26 years on from his dad doing so, played 89 minutes as the USMNT ran out 1-0 winners over 10-man Mexico.

We finish on a final fact that Weah is the only world leader to have scored in three games on the trot against Gillingham, as the BBC have pointed out.

Josh Lawless

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