The Liberian president and former Chelsea striker George Weah has stunned fans by returning to international football at the age of 51.

Tuesday’s friendly between Liberiaand Nigeria was arranged in Weah’s honour, to retire the number 14 jersey which he wore for the national side.

However, it was still a huge surprise when the president, who retired from professional club football in 2003, led the teams out wearing the captain’s armband and started up front.

He was partnered by former team mate, 48-year-old James Debbah, the ex-Monaco striker who is now manager of the national side.

Remarkably, Weah lasted 79 minutes before being substituted in the 2-1 loss against the Super Eagles.

Weah played for a host of European clubs, including Monaco, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, and won the Ballon D’Or in 1995.

After retiring, he embarked on a political career and was won the presidency in a landslide election win in late 2017.

Weah’s son, Timothy, has broken into the PSG first team this season, but was busy representing the US, the country of his birth, in their 1-0 win over Mexico while his father was dusting off his boots

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