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Liberia President George Weah comes out of retirement at age 51 to play for national team

George Weah made a surprise return to the pitch last night, just a few weeks shy of his 52nd birthday.

The former World Footballer of the Year appeared in the 2-1 home defeat to Nigeria in Monrovia.

The friendly was organised to mark the retirement of Weah's No 14 shirt, however fans were left shocked when 'King George' led the national team out wearing it instead, marking his first international appearance in 16 years.

Weah, who became the first African winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1995, was elected president of Liberia last December.

The 51 year old enjoyed a career in Europe spanning nearly a decade and a half, plying his trade for various clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea.

His son Tim, also a striker, was raised in New York and Florida before joining the academy at Paris Saint-Germain, where he made his senior debut last season.

Tim was also in action last night for the US as they beat Mexico 1-0 in a friendly in Nashville, their first victory over against their neighbours since 2014.

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