George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah was born on October 1st 1966 in Monrovia and is a Liberian politician and former football forward. He spent 14 years of his professional football career playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England, winning titles in two of the three countries.
In 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year, and African Footballer of the Year. Weah has since become a humanitarian and politician in Liberia, and ran unsuccessfully in the 2005 Liberian presidential election, losing to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the second round of voting. Weah is the only FIFA World Player of the Year who failed to qualify for FIFA World Cup with his national team.
Weah was voted the African player of the Century by sport journalists from all around the world. This award puts Weah in the company of some of the greatest player to ever played the game. Pelé won the same award as the South American player of the Century and Johan Cruijff as the European player of the century.
Weah is a devoted humanitarian for his war-torn country. At the 2004 ESPY Awards, he won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts. Weah was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role which he has suspended while he pursues a political career.
Full name: George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah
Date of birth: October 1, 1966
Place of birth: Monrovia, Liberia
Height: 1.84 m (6 ft +2 in)
Playing position: Forward
1981–1984: Young Survivors Clareton
1984–1985: Bongrange Company
1985–1986: Mighty Barolle
1986–1987: Invincible Eleven
1987–1987: Africa Sports
1987–1988: Tonnerre Yaoundé
1988–1992: AS Monaco
1992–1995: Paris Saint-Germain
1995–2000: A.C. Milan
2000: Manchester City
2000–2001: Olympique Marseille