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.
SOURCE: Sporting News