George Weah plays for Liberia against Nigeria, aged 51

George Weah plays for Liberia against Nigeria, aged 51

Liberia President George Weah, 51, has become the oldest global on record after playing against Nigeria on Tuesday, according to a leading group of football statisticians.

The director of communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, said on Wednesday in Lagos that the football icon spoke after the Tuesday night's exhibition match between the Lone Star and Super Eagles at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia.

Weah - the first non-European to win the Ballon d'Or during a spectacular career that included spells at Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan - was sworn in as Liberia's president at the start of the year.

Once one of the most feared strikers in world football, George Weah hung up his boots 15 years ago.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.

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Liberia president George Weah played 79 minutes before being substituted.

Olajire, quoted Weah as saying, "As a young, upcoming footballer, I was always fascinated by Nigeria's football stars".

After the game, Liberian football authorities retired jersey number 14, which was worn by Weah during his footballing peak.

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille star Weah is not expected to continue his worldwide career beyond this match.

The Everton loanee found the top right corner to open the scoring for Gernot Rohr's men before Simeon Nwankwo sealed the victory to crown an impressive first-half performance.

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