Ballon d’Or Winner George Weah Leads Race To Become Liberian President
Legendary African footballer turned politician, George Manneh Weah, maintained his lead over Vice President Joseph Boakai as more provisional results from Liberia’s presidential election were announced on Friday.
If current results hold, they would contest a run-off next month to decide which of them will succeed Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the country’s 25th President.
Regarded as one of the greatest African soccer stars of all-time, 51-year-old Weah, born on October 1, 1966, was named FIFA World Player of the Year 1995, comfortably beating German legend Jürgen Klinsmann to the title. The same year, he won the prestigious Ballon d’Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards.