George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (/; born 1 October 1966) is a
politician, who became the 25th
President of Liberia in 2018, and a retired professional
who played as a
After beginning his career in his home country of 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 he won
Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the
1994–95 UEFA Champions League. He signed for
Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, winning
Serie A twice.
 His most notable goal in Italy saw him run the length of the field against
Verona. He moved to the
Premier League towards the end of his career and had spells at
Manchester City, winning the
FA Cup at the former, before returning to France to play for
Marseille in 2001, and subsequently ending his career with
Al-Jazira in 2003. At the international level, he represented
African Cup of Nations on two occasions, winning 60 caps and scoring 22 goals for his country.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, in 1995, he was named as a
FIFA World Player of the Year and won the
Ballon d'Or, becoming the first and to date only African player to win these awards. In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was also named the
, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. Known for his acceleration, speed, and
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
Liberian Senate for
Montserrado County in the
2014 elections. Weah was elected
President of Liberia in the
2017 election, defeating the incumbent Vice President
 and sworn in on 22 January 2018.