EX-CHELSEA and Manchester City star George Weah is set to be named PRESIDENT of Liberia, exit polls suggest.
But what clubs did George Weah play for, and how did he go from Premier League football to the brink of his country’s Presidency?
Who is George Weah, and what clubs did he play for?
Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker George Weah is set to be named President of Liberia, after exit polls pointed to the football legend succeeding current leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The 51-year-old, who won the Ballon D’Or in 1995, stood against current Vice President Joseph Boakai in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.
He entered politics in 2005 after a glittering career that featured a sackful of trophies with AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, and 60 appearences for Liberia.
He later joined Manchester City, hitting four goals in nine games before falling out with boss Joe Royle.
How did George Weah become President?
The former Chelsea ace is thought to have netted 70% of the vote to succeed long-term President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose 12-year rule cemented peace in the country after a brutal civil war ended in 2003.
But many Liberians criticised her and Weah’s opponent – current Vice-President Joseph Boakai – for not doing enough to root out poverty and corruption and were eager for change.
Sam Mannah, a member of Weah’s campaign team, said: “People everywhere tell him they want to see change.
“He stood for election in 2005, and then they said he lacked experience, but the fact he is now a senator plays a big role.
“His former football career helps him a lot. It reminds Liberians of a lot of good things.
“Back then he helped the nation, funded several hospitals, donated food, helped people move to America and even paid the national team’s players.
“People know what he has done, and see him as the man to change their lives.”
Liberian newspaper editor Othello Garblah added: “Weah is very popular. He promises to fight corruption, improve education and create jobs.
“All the candidates have similar programmes, so voters choose personalities. Weah’s popularity is down to what he did as a player.”
George Weah’s honours
Liberian Premier League (2) — 1985-86, 1986-87
Liberian Cup — 1985-86
Coupe de France (3) — 1990-91, 1992-93, 1994-95
Ligue 1 — 1993-94
Coupe de la Ligue — 1995
Serie A (2) — 1995-96, 1998-99
FA Cup — 2000
Ballon d’Or — 1995
Fifa World Player of the Year — 1995
African Footballer of the Year (3) — 1989, 1994, 1995
French Division 1 Foreign Player of the Year — 1990-91
Fifa XI: 1991, 1997, 1998
Uefa Champions League top scorer — 1994-95
IFFHS African Player of the Century — 1996
Fifa Fair Play Award — 1996
Arthur Ashe Courage Award — 2004