Liberian President George Weah makes football comeback aged 51

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George Weah Timothy Weah GFX

The Liberian president, George Weah, on Tuesday featured in an worldwide friendly for his country against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The friendly was organised by Liberia to retire the famous number 14 jersey worn by Weah during his peak but no one expected the man himself to play in the fixture.

Weah enjoyed a trophy-laden career in Europe spanning almost a decade that saw him play for AC Milan in Italy, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in France, and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.

All of the Liberia players - including Weah's former teammate, 48-year-old James Debbah - wore shirts bearing the message "Thank you King George" on the front.

Unsurprisingly, the 51-year-old Weah struggled to make an impression on the match, though did leave the field to an ovation from the crowd with little over ten minutes still to play.

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His popularity and achievements as an African footballer helped him secure Liberia presidency in December 2017.

Weah won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1995, and is the only African to date to ever win the prestigious accolade.

Just a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday, there's also a good chance that Weah Senior will now enter the record books as the oldest player to ever feature in a FIFA-sanctioned worldwide match.

Nigeria fielded quite a strong side for the friendly/swansong for Weah, but the most insane 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.

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