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Weah in 2019
25th President of Liberia
In office
22 January 2018 – 22 January 2024
Vice President Jewel Taylor
Preceded by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Succeeded by Joseph Boakai
Senator from Montserrado County
In office
14 January 2015 – 22 January 2018
Preceded by Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo
Succeeded by Saah Joseph
Personal details
George Manneh Oppong Weah

(1966-10-01) 1 October 1966 (age 57)
Monrovia, Liberia
Political party Congress for Democratic Change
Other political
Coalition for Democratic Change
Clar Weah
(m. 1993)
Children 4, including George Jr. and Timothy
Education DeVry University
  • Politician
  • footballer
George Weah
Personal information
Height 1.85 m
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Young Survivors
1984–1985 Bong Range United
1985–1986 Mighty Barrolle
1986–1987 Invincible Eleven
1987–1988 Tonnerre Yaoundé
1988–1992 Monaco 103 (47)
1992–1995 Paris Saint-Germain 96 (32)
1995–2000 AC Milan 114 (46)
2000 Chelsea (loan) 11 (3)
2000 Manchester City 7 (1)
2000–2001 Marseille 19 (5)
2001–2003 Al Jazira
Total 350 (134)
National team
1986–2018 Liberia 75 (18)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

George Manneh Oppong Weah (born 1 October 1966) is a Liberian politician and former professional footballer who served as the 25th president of Liberia from 2018 to 2024. Prior to his election to the presidency, Weah served as Senator from Montserrado County. He played as a striker in his prolific 18-year professional football career, which ended in 2003. Weah is the first African former professional footballer to become a head of state.

After beginning his career in his native Liberia, Weah spent 14 years playing for clubs in France, Italy and England. Arsène Wenger first brought him to Europe, signing him for Monaco in 1988. Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992 where they won Division 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League. He signed for AC Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, winning the Serie A twice. He moved to the Premier League towards the end of his career and had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, winning the FA Cup at the former, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001. He ended his career with Al Jazira in 2003. FourFourTwo named Weah one of the best players never to win the UEFA Champions League.

Weah represented Liberia at the international level, winning 75 caps and scoring 18 goals for his country and playing at the African Cup of Nations on two occasions. He also played in a friendly in 2018, where his number 14 jersey was retired. Regarded as one of the best players never to have played at the FIFA World Cup, Scott Murray in The Guardian refers to Weah as "hamstrung by hailing from a global minnow".

Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, Weah was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first and only player to win these awards while representing an African country internationally. In 1989 and 1995, he was also named the African Footballer of the Year winning the official award twice, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. Known for his acceleration, speed, and dribbling ability, in addition to his goalscoring and finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today". In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Weah became involved in politics in Liberia following his retirement from football. He formed the Congress for Democratic Change and ran unsuccessfully for president in the 2005 election, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting. In the 2011 election, he ran unsuccessfully for vice president alongside Winston Tubman. Weah was subsequently elected to the Senate of Liberia for Montserrado County in the 2014 election. Weah was elected President of Liberia in the 2017 election, defeating the incumbent vice president Joseph Boakai, and was sworn in on 22 January 2018. Weah was defeated in a rematch with Boakai in the 2023 election.

Early life and education

George Manneh Oppong Weah was born on 1 October 1966 in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, and was raised in Clara Town, a slum in the city. He is a member of the Kru ethnic group, which hail from south-eastern Liberia's Grand Kru County, one of the poorest areas of the country. His father, William T. Weah Sr., was a mechanic while his mother, Anna Quayeweah (d. 2013), was a merchant. He has three brothers, William, Moses and Wolo. He was one of thirteen children largely raised by his devoutly Christian paternal grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown, after his parents separated when Weah was still a baby. He attended middle school at Muslim Congress and high school at Wells Hairston High School, and reportedly dropped out in his final year of studies.

Football career

Club career

Early career in Liberia, Cameroon, Monaco and France

Weah began to play football for Young Survivors, a club based in Clara Town, in 1981 at the age of 15. Jason Burke, writing for The Observer, described how Weah scored "two spectacular goals" on his debut, "one hit from such a tight angle that it went in-off having struck both posts". In his three years with Young Survivors, the club earned two promotions, from the fourth level of football in Liberia to the second. He signed for Liberian Premier League club Bong Range United in 1984, where he played for one season, before joining Mighty Barrolle, one of the biggest clubs in Liberia. Weah was not a regular starter for Mighty Barrolle despite scoring regularly, which prompted a move to their rivals, Invincible Eleven, in 1986. He helped the club win the 1987 Liberian Premier League title, was the league's top scorer, and was named as the league's player of the season. Before his football career allowed him to move abroad, Weah worked for the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation as a switchboard operator. He signed for Cameroonian Premier League club Tonnerre Yaoundé in 1987 after impressing during a match against them, and scored twice on his debut against Canon Yaoundé.

Weah's abilities were noticed by the Cameroon national team manager, Claude Le Roy, who recommended him to Arsène Wenger, the manager of French Division 1 club Monaco. Weah signed for Monaco 1988 for a transfer fee of £12,000, after Wenger had flown to Africa prior to the signing to see him play. Weah has credited Wenger as an important influence on his career. During his time with Monaco, Weah was named the African Footballer of the Year for the first time in 1989. This was his first major award and he took it back home for the entire country to celebrate. Weah won the 1990–91 Coupe de France, playing in the final on 8 June in which Monaco beat Marseille 1–0 at the Parc des Princes. He helped Monaco reach the final of the 1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup, scoring four goals in nine cup appearances.

Coppa UEFA 1992-93 - Napoli vs PSG - George Weah
Weah's celebrating his goal during the match between PSG and Napoli in the second round of 1992–93 UEFA Cup

Weah subsequently played for Paris Saint-Germain (1992–1995), with whom he won the Coupe de France in 1993 and 1995, Division 1 in 1994, and the Coupe de la Ligue in 1995 during a highly prolific and successful period; he also became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League, with seven goals, after reaching the semi-finals with the club, one of which was a skilful individual "wonder-goal" against Bayern Munich in the group stage, on 23 November 1994. During his time at the club, he also managed to reach the semi-finals of the 1992–93 UEFA Cup, and the semi-finals of the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup; in total, he scored 16 goals in 25 European games. In 1994, he won the African Footballer of the Year Award for the second time in his career.

AC Milan and individual success

Weah joined AC Milan in 1995, winning the Italian league in 1996 under Fabio Capello. He played alongside Roberto Baggio and Dejan Savićević in Milan's attack, as well as Marco Simone on occasion, and finishing the season as Milan's top goalscorer. He won the Serie A title once again in 1999. During his time with the club, he also reached the 1998 Coppa Italia final, and finished as runner-up in the Supercoppa Italiana on two occasions, in 1996 and 1999. Despite their European dominance in the early 1990s, Milan were less successful in Europe during this time, however, with their best result being a quarter-final finish in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup.

Exhibiting skill, athleticism and goalscoring prowess, Weah became famous at Milan for scoring several notable goals, in particular a solo goal against Hellas Verona at the San Siro which saw him deftly control the ball from Verona's corner kick just outside his own penalty area, before he set off. With all his teammates back defending the corner Weah made a beeline for goal, leaving his own teammates in his wake. His teammate Zvonimir Boban stated, "It was an incredible run. We were thinking, 'When's he going to stop? When's he going to stop? He's not going to stop! He's never going to stop!'". Weah finished by rifling the ball into the bottom left corner before an exuberant goal celebration.

Due to his performances with both Paris Saint-Germain and Milan, in 1995 Weah was the recipient of several individual awards: he won the Ballon d'Or, the Onze d'Or, and was named FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first and, currently, only African player (by FIFA nationality) to win these awards, and second African-born player to do so after Eusébio. Weah dedicated his FIFA World Player of the Year victory to his former manager, Arsène Wenger, stating that it was thanks to him that he was able to develop into a world class player. That year, Weah also won the African Player of the Year Award for the third time in his career, and was named to the Onze de Onze by the French football magazine Onze Mondial. In 1996, Weah finished second in the FIFA World Player of the Year ranking; he was also the recipient of the FIFA Fair Play Award, and was voted the African Player of the Century by sport journalists from around the world.

Weah was banned from six European matches for breaking the nose of the Portuguese defender Jorge Costa on 20 November 1996 in the players' tunnel after Milan's draw at Porto in the Champions League. Weah said he exploded in frustration after putting up with racist tauntings from Costa during both of the teams' Champions League matches that autumn. Costa strenuously denied the accusations of racism and was not charged by UEFA as no witnesses could verify Weah's allegations, not even his Milan teammates. Weah later attempted to apologise to Costa but this was rebuffed by the Portuguese, who considered the charges of racist insults levelled against him to be defamatory and took Weah to court. The incident led to Costa undergoing facial surgery and he was subsequently sidelined for three weeks. Despite the incident, Weah still received the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1996.

Later career

Weah signed for English Premier League club Chelsea on loan from Milan on 11 January 2000, in a deal which would keep him with the West London club until the end of the 1999–2000 season. Although past his prime, Weah's time in England was deemed a success, especially at Chelsea where he instantly endeared himself to their fans by scoring the winner against rivals Tottenham Hotspur on his debut, and scored further league goals against Wimbledon and Liverpool. He also scored twice in Chelsea's victorious 1999–2000 FA Cup netting crucial goals against Leicester City and Gillingham. This led to him starting in the final, which Chelsea won 1–0.

Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli did not make Weah's move permanent, and, on 1 August 2000, he officially left Milan, and signed for newly promoted Premier League side Manchester City on a free transfer on a two-year contract worth £30,000 a week, declining the offer of a £1 million pay-off from Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi. He played 11 games in all competitions for City, scoring four times, before leaving on 16 October 2000 after becoming dissatisfied with manager Joe Royle for selecting him as a substitute too frequently; he had only played the full 90 minutes in three of his 11 games for the Maine Road club. At City, he scored once in the league against Liverpool (as he did at Chelsea), and three times against Gillingham (again as he had at Chelsea), this time in the League Cup; once in the first leg and twice in the second.

Following his time in England, Weah returned to France and had a spell at Marseille, where he remained until May 2001. He later played with Al Jazira in the UAE Football League, where he remained until his retirement as a player in 2003, at age 37. He had planned on joining the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of Major League Soccer, but elected to join Al Jazira on a temporary basis.

International career

Since making his debut for the Liberia national team against Burkina Faso on 23 February 1986, Weah played 75 games, scoring 18 goals. Representing one of the smaller nations in world football and perennial underdogs, Weah did much to support the national squad: aside from being the team's star player, he also later coached the squad and even funded his national side to a large extent. Despite his efforts, he was unsuccessful in helping Liberia qualify for a single FIFA World Cup, falling just a point short in qualifying for the 2002 tournament. However, he did help Liberia to qualify for the African Cup of Nations on two occasions: Weah represented his country in the 1996 and 2002 editions of the tournament, although Liberia failed to make it out of their group both times, suffering first-round eliminations.

Weah has been named by several media outlets as one of the best players to never play at the World Cup.

One of the greatest African players of all time, George Weah was, like his namesake George Best before him, hamstrung in World Cup terms by hailing from a global minnow.

Weah returned to the national team for a specially arranged friendly against Nigeria on 11 September 2018, his final international appearance, playing at the age of 51 while in office as the country's president. His number 14 shirt, worn at his playing peak, was retired after the friendly, with Weah receiving a standing ovation when he was substituted.

Style of play

Player profile

During his prime in the 1990s, Weah was regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. He was lauded for his speed, work-rate, stamina, and attacking instincts, as well as his physical and athletic attributes, which he combined with his finishing, technical ability and creativity. A fast, powerful, physically strong player, with an eye for goal, many observers agree that he successfully filled the void left in the Milan attack by club great Marco van Basten. In addition to his pace, acceleration, dribbling skills, and goalscoring ability, as a multi-functional forward Weah was also a team player who was capable of creating chances and assisting goals for teammates. Along with Ronaldo and Romário, Weah was viewed as a modern, new style of striker in the 1990s who would also operate outside the penalty area and run with the ball towards goal, at a time when strikers primarily operated inside the penalty area where they would receive the ball from teammates. Among the next generation of strikers who were inspired, Thierry Henry states, "George Weah, Romário, and Ronaldo changed the game for me. It was the first time as a striker I saw players that could score on their own. Pick the ball up anywhere and score. Before as a number nine, people would say 'stay within the line of the box, don't move too much, don't go to the wings, don't drop, stay.' Then I saw George Weah. And then I saw Ronaldo. And I saw Romário in a different way before those two. And it was like 'hang on a minute, someone has lied to me'."

One such goal that exemplified this ability was against Verona in 1995 where he received the ball in the edge of his own penalty box and ran the length of the field. Scoring such a goal in Serie A – the best defensive league in the world – saw media outlets such as Gazzetta dello Sport running pages of analysis for days afterwards, and calling it the greatest strike of all in Italian football. On his impact on the sport, Weah states, "When I look at my idols – Pelé, Maradona, Beckenbauer, Cruyff – they did a lot of great things. I came into the game and made history too."

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Monaco 1988–89 Division 1 23 14 10 1 5 2 38 17
1989–90 Division 1 17 5 0 0 7 3 24 8
1990–91 Division 1 29 10 6 5 5 3 40 18
1991–92 Division 1 34 18 4 1 9 4 47 23
Total 103 47 20 7 26 12 149 66
Paris Saint-Germain 1992–93 Division 1 30 14 6 2 9 7 45 23
1993–94 Division 1 32 11 3 2 5 1 40 14
1994–95 Division 1 34 7 5 2 3 1 11 8 53 18
Total 96 32 14 6 3 1 25 16 138 55
AC Milan 1995–96 Serie A 26 11 3 1 6 3 35 15
1996–97 Serie A 28 13 2 0 5 3 1 0 36 16
1997–98 Serie A 24 10 8 3 32 13
1998–99 Serie A 26 8 4 1 30 9
1999–2000 Serie A 10 4 2 0 1 1 1 0 14 5
Total 114 46 19 5 12 7 2 0 147 58
Chelsea (loan) 1999–2000 Premier League 11 3 4 2 15 5
Manchester City 2000–01 Premier League 7 1 2 3 9 4
Marseille 2000–01 Division 1 19 5 1 0 20 5
Career total 350 134 58 20 5 4 63 35 2 0 478 193


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Liberia 1986 4 0
1987 9 6
1988 4 1
1989 5 1
1992 1 0
1993 2 0
1994 3 1
1995 5 0
1996 6 1
1997 8 2
1998 3 0
1999 3 1
2000 7 1
2001 11 3
2002 3 1
2018 1 0
Total 75 18
Scores and results list Liberia's goal tally first, score column indicates score, where known, after each Weah goal
List of international goals scored by George Weah
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 30 January 1987 Monrovia, Liberia 5  Nigeria 2–0 1987 West African Nations Cup
2 1 February 1987 Monrovia, Liberia 6  Burkina Faso 2–0 1987 West African Nations Cup
3 6 February 1987 Monrovia, Liberia 7  Togo 3–0 1987 West African Nations Cup
4 26 July 1987 Monrovia, Liberia 11  Morocco 2–1 Friendly
5 20 December 1987 Monrovia, Liberia 12  Burkina Faso 1–0 1–0 1987 CEDEAO Cup
6 23 December 1987 Monrovia, Liberia 13  Ivory Coast 1–2 1987 CEDEAO Cup
7 21 August 1988 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia 15  Ghana 1–0 2–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 11 June 1989 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia 20  Malawi 1–0 1–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 4 September 1994 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia 26  Togo 1–0 1–0 1996 African Cup of Nations qualification
10 23 June 1996 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana 37  Gambia 2–0 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 6 April 1997 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana 42  Egypt 1–0 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 22 June 1997 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia 44  DR Congo 2–0 2–1 1998 African Cup of Nations qualification
13 20 June 1999 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia 53  Tunisia 2–0 2–0 2000 African Cup of Nations qualification
14 16 July 2000 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia 58  Cape Verde 1–0 3–0 2002 African Cup of Nations qualification
15 22 April 2001 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia 65  Sudan 2–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 14 July 2001 National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone 69  Sierra Leone 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 23 August 2001 Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente, Veracruz, Mexico 71  Mexico 1–2 4–5 Friendly
18 19 January 2002 Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali 72  Mali 1–0 1–1 2002 African Cup of Nations


Invincible Eleven


Paris Saint-Germain

  • Division 1: 1993–94
  • Coupe de France: 1992–93, 1994–95
  • Coupe de la Ligue: 1994–95

AC Milan



  • West African Nations Cup runner-up: 1987


  • African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1995
  • World XI: 1991, 1996 (Reserve), 1997, 1998
  • Division 1 Foreign Player of the Year: 1990–91
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 1994–95
  • BBC African Footballer of the Year: 1995
  • Onze d'Or: 1995
  • Ballon d'Or: 1995
  • RSSSF Player of the Year: 1995
  • El País King of European Soccer: 1995
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1995
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1995–96
  • Onze d'Argent: 1996
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: 1996
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver award: 1996
  • Planète Foot's 50 Best Players of all Time: 1996
  • IFFHS African Player of the Century: 1999
  • World Soccer's 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time: 1999
  • Placar's 100 Stars of the Century: 1999
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Arthur Ashe Courage Award 2004
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2005
  • AC Milan Hall of Fame
  • IFFHS Legends
  • World Hall of Fame of Soccer
  • France Football Légendes Africaines Top-30: 2019
  • IFFHS All-time Africa Men's Dream Team: 2021


Weah is a devoted humanitarian for his war-torn country. During his playing career he became a UN Goodwill Ambassador. At the 2004 ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, Weah won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts. He has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role which he has suspended in his political career. Off the football pitch, he stood out throughout his career for his initiatives to fight against racism in the game.

Football and children

Weah has tried to use football as a way to bring happiness and promote education for children in Liberia. In 1998, Weah launched a CD called Lively Up Africa featuring the singer Frisbie Omo Isibor and eight other African football stars. The proceeds from this CD went to children's programs in the countries of origin of the athletes involved.

Weah was President of Junior Professional, a former football club he founded in Monrovia in 1994. As a way to encourage young people to remain in school, the club's only requirement for membership was school attendance. Many of the young people, recruited from all over Liberia, went on to play for the Liberian national team. Weah was also actively involved with youth programs in a Liberian enclave on Staten Island, New York, when he resided there for a time.

Football academies

The Diya Group chairman and Indian entrepreneur Nirav Tripathi announced a multimillion-dollar partnership with Weah in 2016, whereby global football academies would be established to help assist youth in both impoverished and emerging nations.

The motivation for the academies is cited as a shared experience between both Tripathi and Weah in how sport can transform lives in their nations of India and Liberia, which both still suffer from severe poverty.


George Weah 2019 (cropped)
President Weah in 2019

Weah was sworn in as president on 22 January 2018, making him the fourth youngest-serving president in Africa, marking Liberia's first democratic transition in 74 years. He cited fighting corruption, reforming the economy, combating illiteracy and improving life conditions as the main targets of his presidency. Two other world class African strikers, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o, attended the inauguration. He is also the first professional footballer to become president.

Economic policy

After winning 2017 election, Weah promised a Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity, saying that this will benefit not just the poor, but all Liberians.

Since Weah took office in January 2018, the Liberian dollar has dropped by a third against the US dollar. In 2019 inflation went as high as 28%. It made many Liberians to worry which led protests called "Save the State" in Monrovia and in Washington, D.C.

During his second year in office, Weah and his administration witnessed a deterioration in the economy, with inflation reaching 30%. This economic downturn, coupled with payment delays, triggered protests against which the police employed tear gas and water cannons.

During his fourth State of the Nation address, President Weah presented a series of proposed economic policies and legislative reforms, aiming to address the worsening economic conditions.

Since Weah came to power, Liberia's unemployment rate has increased from 3% in 2017 to 4.1%. The Liberian economy grew 1–5% in the first five years of his administration (2018–2022), which is less than in the first four years of his predecessor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2006–2009).

Domestic policy

On 29 January 2018, in his first annual message to the national legislature, he reduced his salary and other benefits by 25% with immediate effect. "With the assessment that I gave you earlier of the poor condition of our economy, I believe that it is appropriate that we should all make sacrifices in the interest of our country. According to Article 60 of the Constitution of Liberia, the salaries of the President and the Vice President are established by the Legislature of Liberia, and cannot be increased or reduced during the period for which they are elected. However, in view of the very rapidly deteriorating situation of the economy, I am informing you today, with immediate effect, that I will reduce my salary and benefits by 25% and give the proceeds back to the Consolidated Fund for allocation and appropriation as they see fit."

On 29 January 2018, Weah announced he would seek constitutional changes to allow people of "non-Negro" descent to be citizens and allow foreigners to own land. He called the present situation "racist and inappropriate".

2018 July 4 Celebration (2)
Weah at a 4 July celebration 2018.

Months before the 2023 election, he accepted the endorsement of the Bassa people for re-election. They did this because he had competence and passion to develop Liberia which is what they claim.

Under his presidency Liberia has made improvements to education and also constructed and renovated schools to make sure children have better education and environment.


Healthcare in Liberia has improved since he became president in 2018. His administration invested into healthcare, infrastructure, and medical equipment. He is making sure that every Liberian has affordable and high quality healthcare. President Weah has faced various facets which includes construction of clinics and hospitals. He would also deploy many medics to many poor and underserved areas of the country. He has also built health insurance programs.

Foreign policy

Upon his election to office, Weah first made an official visit in Senegal to meet with President Macky Sall, to "strengthen the bond between the two countries". On 21 February 2018, Weah made his first official visit outside Africa, to France, meeting French President Emmanuel Macron. The meeting focused on improving the relationship between France and Liberia and also sought French help for a sports development project in Africa. The meeting was also attended by Didier Drogba, Kylian Mbappé and FIFA president Gianni Infantino. On 25 May 2018, following a meeting with President Weah, the Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility announced that Liberia would vote for the Canada–Mexico–United States World Cup bid, breaking ranks with the rest of Africa, who were voting for the Moroccan bid.

He made a visit to China to congratulate Xi Jinping on his re-election. President Weah said he looked forward to further cementing the strong ties that exist between both countries since establishment between both nations.

Reuven Rivlin with George Mena Wah, February 2019 (8308)
Weah with Reuven Rivlin in Israel.

In July 2023, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss topics of cementing ties, trade, cooperation on international affairs, peace, and security.


On 25 March 2020, the Liberian president recorded his song with the local group The Rabbis, the text of which was written by himself. In this song "He invites the Liberian and African population to stand up by all means against this virus [SARS-CoV-2] which is causing damage around the world."

It could be your mother, it could be your dad, your brothers or your sisters. Let's all stand together to fight this dirty virus an extract from President Weah's song on a reggae rhythm. The majority of people in Liberia do not have internet or Facebook access, but everyone listens to the radio. The song will be played on various stations across the country to properly broadcast the message, according to the president's spokesperson.

Weah had already recorded a song against Ebola.

Personal life

Weah has four children; three children with his Jamaican-born wife Clar Weah: George, Tita, and Timothy and a child from another relationship. In 2016, he was sued by the mother of his daughter for child support expenses. Both of his sons became footballers and signed for Paris Saint-Germain, although only Timothy played for the first team. Both played youth internationals for the United States, and Timothy was capped for the senior team where he appeared and scored a goal at the 2022 World Cup.

Weah practised Islam for ten years before converting to Christianity. In October 2017, he was spotted in the prominent Nigerian church of Pastor T. B. Joshua alongside Liberian Senator Prince Johnson. Joshua was allegedly a key influence in Johnson's decision to endorse Weah's candidacy in the 2017 election.

He holds French citizenship and speaks French fluently.

See also

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