Liberia president George Weah, 51, makes shock return to global football

George Weah made a stunning return to action for Liberia at the age of 51

George Weah made a stunning return to action for Liberia at the age of 51

Liberian President George Weah, rear centre, with other world leaders at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 2018 Beijing Summit in Beijing, China, on September 3.

The game was arranged so that Liberia could officially retire Weah's old No.14 jersey after the former AC Milan forward was elected as the African nation's new president a few months ago.

Liberia president and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to worldwide competition in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday. The younger Weah also plays club football for Paris Saint-Germain, one of Geroge's former clubs.

Tuesday game was Nigeria field a reasonably strong team, which included Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) and Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

Weah tried to break the deadlock after eight minutes, but his shot was intercepted.

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Weah, 51, now many kilogrammes overweight and far from fit, played for 79 minutes in a game the Eagles won 2-1.

However, fans were stunned when the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the line within the starting XI, almost two decades since announcing his retirement.

Weah was the victor of the 1995 Fifa Player of the Year for his exploits with Paris Saint-Germain.

George Weah rolled back the years with an appearance for Liberia on the same day son Timothy turned out for the United States.

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