About George Weah
George Weah is a living football legend.
Named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players, George Weah has been named African player of the century and is a former Ballon d'Or winner.
He has been named African, European and World Player of the Year and has since become a prominent humanitarian and leader.
He is considered the dawn of the 'new breed' of strikers alongside Ronaldo and Romario.
George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah was born on October 1, 1966, in the slums of Monrovia, Liberia and forged a path to greatness over a brilliant career in football and continues to do so as both a humanitarian and a leader.
Arsène Wenger brought him to Europe when he signed for Monaco in 1988. A raw talent with little formal training, Weah appeared overmatched early in his European career. However, the powerful 6'2" striker soon caught up to the competition and developed into a potent goal scorer for the 1991 French Cup champions.
Mr Weah then moved to Paris Saint Germain in 1992, where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League 1994–95. He signed for A.C. Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, and won the Italian Serie A twice.
Moving to the English Premier League towards the end of his career and he had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001.
He is responsible for one of the more amazing solo efforts in football history, where in Italy spectators marveled at him run the length of the field against Verona.
George Weah became heavily involved in the affairs of his once war-torn home country whilst also managing his playing career.
He was subsequently named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1997, taking part in educational initiatives to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and to rehabilitate child soldiers with vocational training.
Realizing the importance of soccer as a stabilizing force in the world, Weah spent an estimated $2 million of his own money on travel, equipment and salary expenses for his home national team of Liberia, the Lone Stars. Inspirationally he both player-manager roles simultaneously and led the Liberia team on an impressive run through the 2002 World Cup qualifying rounds.
Astonishingly he continued to play for his national team until 2007, at the impressive age of 41.
In December 2012, Weah announced that he had agreed to represent Liberian President Sirleaf's administration as a peace ambassador.