Former AC Milan striker George Weah came out of retirement on Tuesday – 16 years after his last international appearance.
The current 51 year old captained Liberia in an international friendly against Nigeria despite retiring in 2003. In a match that was originally intended to retire his number 14 shirt, he instead led the team out in their 2-1 defeat, playing 79 minutes before his substitution.
Now president of his country, the former striker showed some of the instincts that saw him forge a hugely successful playing career. He appeared for the likes of Paris Saint Germain, AS Monaco, Marseille, as well as Chelsea and Manchester City on English soil throughout his career. Weah made 478 appearances in Europe, scoring 193 goals. He also scooped the Ballon d’Or and World Footballer of the Year Award in 1995 and remains the only African to win either award.
On the same day that Weah appeared for Liberia, his son Timothy, who plies his trade for Paris Saint Germain, was appearing for the United States of America in their 1-0 win against Mexico. The 18-year-old will return to club action at the weekend as Thomas Tuchel’s men clash with St Etienne. He can be backed at 9/2 to open the scoring with bookmakers William Hill.