Former Chelsea and Manchester City player George Weah elected Liberian president

George Weah starred for several of Europe's biggest clubs

George Weah starred for several of Europe's biggest clubs

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Former World Footballer of the Year George Weah has been elected president of Liberia after a run-off.

The 51-year-old, who played for Chelsea, Manchester City, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain during his glittering career, has been elected following a second round of voting, beating former vice-president Joseph Boakai.

Reports suggest Weah carried 13 out of the 15 counties in the run-of, with Boakai taking only two.

Weah, standing for the Coalition for Democratic Change, was one of 20 candidates who took part in the first round of the election. But the congested field was whittled down to two, with Weah and Boakai emerging far ahead of the other candidates.

Weah made his name as a footballer with Paris Saint-Germain before moving to AC Milan in the mid-1990s, becoming a hero at the San Siro and winning the Balon D'Or award, given each year to the world's best player.

He then moved to England, playing for Chelsea and City towards the end of his career.

Since moving into politics in his homeland Weah has become a fierce critic of the government, particularly on the subject of corruption.