Today the 1st of October is the 51st birthday of retired Liberian professional footballer, humanitarian, politician and presidential aspirant, George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah. The whole of Liberia is celebrating the one time African footballer of the century and renowned Liberian music star, DenG has joined the list.
In a social media post, DenG shared some heartfelt ode to George Weah describing him as a selfless and humble global icon and the father of the nation. He shared “Since my life, I’ve never seen someone – especially a Liberian – as humble as George Weah. On my birthday, he quit his campaign only to rain birthday wishes on me in the presence of my friends.”
Born 1 October 1966, George Weah is the only African soccer player to be named FIFA World Player of the Year. That same year he snatched the Ballon d’Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards.
This is how Google profiled him: “In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century.”
He was a “clinical finisher” when it came to goal scoring, dribbling, acceleration and speed. In fact, FIFA described him as “the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today.” In 2004 after he retired from the sports, Weah was named by King Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest players alive.
Happy Birthday George Weah. African Entertainment celebrates you!