George Weah: From Football to Presidency

December 28, 2017

At the point when George Weah first kicked football on the antiquated, dusty roads of Moronvia, he was oblivious of the fact that he was bound for greatness. Political Instability in Liberia implied that inadequacy of professional football was a minute or inconsequential issue assailed by the Nationals. Be that as it may, Weah and a couple of chaps were keen on playing the round leather skin and longed for embellishing the White and Red shirt of the Liberian National team. He adorned the shirts of Mighty Barolle, Invincible Eleven, Bongrange Bonguine and Young Survivors of Claretown. 

Afterwards, he moved to Cameroonian club Tonnerre of Yaoundé, which won the league in his first season (1987) with the group. The promising 22-year-old striker was snapped by AS Monaco of the French first division. In his five seasons with Monaco (1987– 92), he scored 57 goals, and the team won the French Cup in 1991. His extraordinary pace and shooting skills made him a team's top choice, and his uncompromising hard working attitude and specialized capacity landed Weah a lucrative contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). 

In his most acclaimed season, he drove PSG to the French Cup, to the group title, and to the elimination rounds of the 1995 European Champions League. In this fashion, he transferred to AC Milan (1995– 2000) in Italy's Serie A, helping the club win the 1996 and 1999 league titles. In January 2000 AC Milan credited him to Chelsea of London, where he influenced an imperative commitment to that team's ambitions to triumph. Toward the end of his career, he played briefly with Manchester City and Marseille in France. Weah scored a bigger number of goals and played in more matches than many other African professionals in Europe. He retired from football in 2002 after the Lone stars failed to qualify for the World Cup worsened by a lucklustre performance in the Nations Cup. 

Following the ouster of Pres. Charles Taylor in 2003, Weah came back to Liberia as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. In 2005 he ran for Presidency of Liberia under the Congress for Democratic Change(CDC) party. In the wake of winning the first round of voting, he was defeated by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Unity Party (UP) in the second round in November 2005. 

Weah confronted Johnson Sirleaf again in the October 2011 presidential decision, yet this time as a Vice presidential hopeful running on the CDC ticket with presidential candidate Winston Tubman. Johnson Sirleaf and Tubman garnered most votes, yet—as neither earned a greater part—a run-off was held on November 8. Johnson Sirleaf was reelected by a wide gap marredlow voter turnout. 

In December 2014 Weah ran for the position of representative of Montserrado county under the aegis of the CDC. He conveniently defeated his closest adversary, Robert Sirleaf (one of the president's children), taking 78 percent of the vote to Sirleaf's very nearly 11 percent. After two years, Weah's CDC converged with two different gatherings to frame the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). Weah was the CDC's competitor in the October 2017 presidential decision, with Jewel Howard Taylor, representative for Bong region and previous spouse of the removed president Taylor, as his running mate. 

In April 2016, Weah announced his aim to keep run for President of Liberia for a second time. December 28 2017, Weah won the Presidential race and is charged to assume control from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. 

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