From Ligue 1 to super-stardom: George Weah

George Weah
George Weah

Football was never the be-all and end-all for George Weah, but rather something that would set him on the path to greater things.

He grew up on a reclaimed swamp on Liberia’s Bushrod Island during a period of serious political unrest.

He witnessed assassinations first-hand as his country suffered decades of war.

His talent was clear from a very early age and he joined the aptly named local Clara town club Young Survivors in his early teens.

He scored by the bucket-load, both at home and then in Cameroon, but the real goal was always to get out.

The chance came in 1988 when Monaco coach Arsene Wenger brought him to Ligue 1. “A friend of mine was working in Africa and I asked him whether he had seen any strikers,” Wenger recalled to the Arsenal website.

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SOURCE: Sporting News

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.