George Weah comes back from retirement to play for Liberia in friendly

Super Eagles of Nigeria

At the age of 51, Liberia President George Weah put his soccer boots back on to feature for his country in an global friendly match.

Weah, 51, now many kilogrammes overweight and far from fit, played for 79 minutes in a game the Eagles won 2-1.

On Tuesday, years after his last worldwide performance, the Liberian President led his national team onto the pitch wearing the jersey.

Weah is the first African Footballer to ever win the prestigious Ballon d'Or (FIFA World Player of the Year) award.

Later on Tuesday Weah's son, Timothy, also played in an global friendly.

George Weah rolled back the years with an appearance for Liberia on the same day son Timothy turned out for the United States.

The last time Liberia and Nigeria played, at senior level, was in 2001 during the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2002 World Cup qualifier.

President Weah however described the Super Eagles of Nigeria as a model that he wants his country to model.

Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire the No. 14 jersey made famous by Weah but fans were in for a shock when, 16 years after his last worldwide appearance, the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the national team onto the pitch wearing it instead.

"Weah and former national teammate, James Debbah, led out the Lone Star against the Super Eagles in a game played in an ambience of warmth, mutual respect and good spirit".

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