George Oppong Weah was born on October 1, 1966 in the Clara Towndistrict of Monrovia.
His father died and had to be raised by his loving grandmother.
“My father died when I was 13 and was thrown into the ghetto. I grew up in the ghetto where I had to take decision to make a living”
He lost his father when he was very young and was “thrown into the GHETTO”
He had to sell popcorn, wash people’s dresses on the street TO SURVIVE. “Things were tough”
Eventually, the very shy and somewhat bookish boy earned a scholarship to Wells-Hairston High where some of his classmates still remember him practicing his signature during classes
He dropped out of high school and began to play soccer for the Young Survivors youth club at the age of 15.
But after given the opportunity to play for the team, he scored 3 goals in an important match and became their winger.
Weah later moved to play in Cameroon where he caught the eyes of Arsène Wenger.
“Weah was a real surprise. I have never seen any player explode on to the scene like he did ” – Arsène Wenger
During his explosive days in Cameroon, Weah was offered Cameroonian citizenship, but he turned it down, insisting he wanted to remain Liberian.
In Europe, Weah excelled, winning Ballon d’Or in 1995 and winning African player of the year 3 times.
In 1995, he was named as a FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or, becoming the first and to date only African player to win these awards.
He was named the African Footballer of the Year for 3 times, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century
As a Liberia captain, he singlehandedly sponsored the team during the country’s civil war.
He played for AS Monaco, Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Olympique Marseille and was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players in 2004.
“I kept pushing and defying all odds until I succeeded as one of the greatest soccer legend the world has ever produced. Today, those that said I was going to be a failure are now calling me ‘Chief’.”
After hanging his boots in 2003, George Weah’s new ambition was to be a president. he formed his own political party and ran unsuccessfully for President in the 2005 election, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting.
In the 2011 election, he ran unsuccessfully for Vice President alongside Winston Tubman.
The opposition cited him as an inexperienced politician with no education and labeled him “babe in the woods”.
George Weah never gave up!
He backed out of the political scene and enrolled to study business administration at DeVry University in Miami to prove his critics wrong.
After school, he contested as a running mate but again lost to the incumbent in 2011.
After 3 years, George Weah decided to change his tactics, attacking from defense by contesting for a lower political post (a senate).
In December 2014, Weah defeated Robert Sirleaf, son of president Sirleaf, to represent Montserrado County, becoming the first Liberian athlete to be elected to the Legislature.
“Many critics said that I wouldn’t make it. Many suggested that I would be a failure, but I didn’t listen to them.”
Weah was elected President of Liberia in the 2017 election, defeating the incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, and sworn in on 22 January 2018, BECOMING THE 25th PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA