LIBERIA, Africa — Liberia’s George Weah who recently served as a senator has won 61,5% of the vote during the second round of presidential elections. The 51-year-old international football star (soccer), grew up in Monrovia. He played for Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before moving to England late in his career for stints at Chelsea and Manchester City.
George Weah will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who ran the country following years of civil war that left the country traumatized.
🇱🇷 George Weah:
Ballon d'Or: 🏆
African Player of The Year: 🏆🏆🏆
Serie A: 🏆🏆
Ligue 1: 🏆
FA Cup: 🏆
President of Liberia: 🙌 pic.twitter.com/jc0HiXjvye
— Dugout (@Dugout) 28 december 2017
Weah is seen by many voters as a poor boy from the slums who made good against the odds. Having put education, job creation and infrastructure at the center of his platform – he was overwhelmingly supported by young voters who make up a majority of Liberia’s 4.6 million people.
As a football player, he became the first African player to win both FIFA’s World Player of the Year Trophy and the Ballon d’Or and to this day he remains the only African player to have won these awards.