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


He received a standing ovation when he was substituted on 79 minutes.

George Weah, President of Liberia and former World Footballer of the Year, made a surprise return to worldwide football in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing for 79 minutes in a 2-1 friendly loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.

Kick off is 7pm West African time.

The President is a former footballer of much acclaim and global repute.

The Ballon d'Or victor, who is now president of the country, was given the chance to wear his preferred No 14 shirt one last time in a friendly match with Nigeria. The younger Weah also plays club football for Paris Saint-Germain, one of Geroge's former clubs.

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The lack of accurate of documentation means global footballers older than Weah may have played but the former AC Milan and PSG star becomes the oldest on record.

Weah is the first African Footballer to ever win the prestigious Ballon d'Or (FIFA World Player of the Year) award. As expected, his every touch and movement were reportedly greeted with cheers and jubilation form the home fans.

Nigeria fielded a reasonably strong team, including Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi and fellow midfielder Peter Etebo, of Stoke City.

Nigeria took the lead after 12 minutes when Henry Onyekuru found the top corner before Simeon Nwankwo doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark with a header.

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