A look back at the greatest George Weah quotes including his comments on football and his incredible political career.
George Weah is among the greatest football figures of all time. One of the very few stars who made it big both as a player and a politician. In his playing days, George Weah was a world class striker who spent the majority of his career at Ligue 1, playing for clubs likeMonaco
. He also had a very successful five-year spell withAC Milan
. Weah won many collective and individual awards including 2 Serie A titles with Milan, The Ligue 1 title with PSG and two Cope de France.
Weah retired in 2004 after playing for 12 clubs, as well as the Liberia national team. Overall, Weah scored around 200 goals in 400 matches. His biggest achievement was winning the Ballon d'Or and FIFA player of the year award in 1995. He was, and still is the only African player to ever win the Ballon d'Or.
Weah started his political career right after his retirement from football. He ran for Liberian Presidency elections three times. His first two campaigns (2005 and 2011) were not successful, although he strongly believed that the 2005 election was corrupted. Weah eventually won the election in 2017 and has been serving as the President of Liberia since then. He is truly among the most influential figures in the history of the beautiful game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of
George Weah quotes
In the following article, we present football fans with the Best collection of George Weah quotes which includes his footballing philosophy and Personal life, as well as his comments about the greatest players of the world and his political career.
George Weah is famous for his strong determination, incredible will power and idealism. He is the perfect example of the great characters who change the world after overcoming the challenge of poverty. Here are George Weah Inspirational quotes about his own personality.
When I was growing up in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, I sold doughnuts, popcorn and Kool Aid every day after school so that my family had some money and I could pay my school fees. It was a tough life.
My father died when I was young and I was raised by my grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. We could afford to eat chicken just once a year, on Christmas.
I am always successful in my work.
I have proven to the world that I am articulate, I am very intelligent, I'm well exposed.
Whatever you do in life, you have to do it with commitment and perseverance.
First of all, because I supported the Bianconeri as a child, secondly because they’ve won the Scudetto for the last nine years in a row.
I used to watch Serie A and French football in Africa, they were showing the images of Platini and I got attached to Juventus.
Then my life brought me to Milan where I found a family and a special environment. Milan gave me everything, but I kept supporting Juve.
I grew up in a family of 15 children. But we were not siblings — but still, they had discipline.
During the war, our neighbors were looking for my family to take care of them. In our refugee camps in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Ghana, everyone made sure that Liberians have fresh air of our making.
I have come from slums, roaming around the streets of Monrovia [Liberia’s capital]. I made a mark. (Los Angeles Times)
When I look around in Liberia, I see young boys playing football all over the place. It is time Liberia established itself as a footballing nation. (From Weah's Interview with the Los Angeles Times)
George Weah is widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of football. He has been elected in many of the top 20st century biggest players lists.
Weah won many major awards during his career, including the first ever Ballon d'Or for an African player. No other Africa player has been able to achieve such a feat, a fact which clearly shows the importance of his achievement. It is certainly interesting to know more about
George Weah inspirational quotes
about football and his own career.
I know I have a successful career, a successful life. If I sit and say, 'Look, I have a comfortable life,' and I... just think about myself, I don't think that would be fair. That would be very selfish. Because everything I do in my life is to benefit my people.
Of course I would have liked to have played at the World Cup, but I achieved so much in my career as a footballer that I can't have any complaints.
Football has been good to me. Everyone has their destiny, but you have to make use of the opportunities. I have spent 15 years at the top of my game. It makes me happy. I love the game. I love scoring goals. But I have always taken it seriously. It is not what the game gives you, it is what you give it.
When I started playing football, I never thought I would ever win the Ballon d’Or and emerge as the best player in the world. I just had a passion for the game and I worked hard. Every day. I would rather train than eat or sleep.
(From Weah's interview with the Guardian)
When I moved to Monte Carlo [to play for Monaco from the Cameroonian club Tonnerre Yaoundé in 1988] I didn’t play for the first six months. But I was determined to showcase my talent, to prove to those back home, who thought that my coming to Europe was a waste of time, that I was a good player. (
From Weah's interview with the Guardian)
I would have liked to have played at the World Cup, but I achieved so much in my career as a footballer that I can't have any complaints. The only thing that is disappointing, is that so many other Lone Star players never got to play at the World Cup and did not have the personal success I had.
(From Weah's interview with FIFA.com)
When I started out, my dream was to play professional football, that was my dream. I did not dream of winning the Ballon d'Or or FIFA Player of the Year award. I wanted to play professionally and achieve as much as I could.
(From Weah's interview with FIFA.com)
“It was really about the love for the game. But then of course winning the awards was very special. I think it was recognition for all the work that I put in during my career. And I was particularly proud because I think it was important for my country. They celebrated with me and it put Liberia on the map.
(From Weah's interview with FIFA.com)
"That was my approach on the football field and that is my approach now in politics. I am committed to helping my people and my country, just as much as I was committed to helping my team when I was a player.
(From Weah's interview with FIFA.com)
They're afraid to mark me because I'm the best dribbler and if they try, they will dislocate some of their body. I'm very fancy.
When I left France to move to Italy, people thought I would not make it, because Serie A was such a strong league. I did very well instead, and I think Lukaku is doing the same, he is improving, he is a more complete striker now.
In Europe, if the club president drives a Ferrari, the players will also drive a Ferrari. But in Africa, if the club president drives a Mercedes, he would want the players to have a smaller car. African players get a lot of respect in Europe--you just sense it from everybody you meet. That is definitely not the case in Africa. (
From Weah's interview with the Los Angeles Times)
I’ve never had the chance to go to a major tournament with my country, Liberia has never qualified for anything before, and so I am seeking to make history for the country.
I will always be involved in sport, and I am the chair of the Sports Commission. Sport is so important to people. It can help people. I am where I am today because of football, and if I can give back something to the people of Liberia, then I want to do that. (From Weah's interview with FIFA.com))
In this part of our article on we will have a look at the popular quotes by George Weah about other football great stars and teams including his comments on Arsene Wenger,Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Famous quotes of George Weah about Arsene Wenger:
He was a father figure and regarded me as his son. This was a man, when racism was at its peak, who showed me love. He wanted me to be on the pitch for him every day.
“One day, I was quite tired of training and told him that I was having a headache. He said to me: ‘George, I know it’s tough but you need to work hard. I believe that with your talent, you can become one of the best players in the world.’ So, I listened and kept going on. Besides God, I think that without Arsene, there was no way I would have made it in Europe.
(From Weah's interview with the
He made me the footballer I am today,” Weah told FIFA magazine. “He taught me to persevere, to live a decent life and to play fair. He initiated me into European ways, but he understood my African origins and respected them. He let me play my game, my way.
(From Weah's interview with the Los Angeles Times)
Famous quotes of George Weah about Cristiano Ronaldo:
Ronaldo is also testimony to how combining hard work and passion can bring unexpected results. He is not the best in the world, but he trained so much to become the best. I am a fan of Ronaldo because he remained humble and he earned everything he achieved. He fought to get where he is now. (From Weah's interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport)
He is proving how strong he is, he didn’t always get the credit he deserved and his story is similar to mine.
Popular quotes by George Weah about Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
Ibra is strong and confident, but there is more behind this. Milan signed him because he can be every useful for young players. He is an example and an inspiration for them.
“He is always focused and he gives everything for his passion. If you work hard and don’t lose your passion, then age is just a number. Think about Pietro Vierchowood, Franco Baresi or Paolo Maldini, they all played at high level until almost 40 years of age
On Paolo Maldini and Milan's chances for the Scudetto:
Paolo [Maldini] is a great man and a good friend of mine, he was an amazing captain. He is a hard worker, he knows what it takes to reach the highest levels, and Inter,Juventus
and Napoli remain competitive rivals for Milan. I don’t know if they will win the title, but they will fight until the end.
Milan have begun a new, brilliant path. The culture of victory is part of the Rossoneri’s DNA.
On Romelu Lukaku:
“When I left France to move to Italy, people thought I would not make it, because Serie A was such a strong league. I did very well instead, and I think Lukaku is doing the same, he is improving, and he is a more complete striker now.
We wrap up our article on the
Best George Weah quotes
with a collection of his most famous quotes from his three presidential campaigns (2005, 2011 and 2017)
You chose me because I am a peace ambassador. You have a case. While we are looking into the case we want you to remain calm. The streets of Monrovia do not belong to demonstrators. Do not go into the streets to riot,
It is not about my popularity. People have been supporting me since my childhood. They are supporting me because they want a change not about my popularity.
You have to be courageous because we have not lost the election. We want you to have courage. We want you to know that everything we do is peace first and peace last.
The whole world is preaching democracy, so we have no doubt that this election will be free and fair.
While we were preaching transparency and democracy, our election was fraudulent.
I think someone who takes the presidency must not take it to learn. (There is) a crisis of leadership and it needs someone who understands already the depth of human suffering and the difficulties we are confronted with. There's no time for learning.
It is a special honor -- for me, for Liberia, for all of Africa.
I will go on my knees and ask the Liberian people to participate in bringing peace and stability to our country.
My government will be open. Anyone found guilty of corruption will be dealt with in accordance with the law. If you are corrupt you will have to hang your boots.
They say I do not have the qualifications to be president, that I do not have education. Well I would never divide the Liberian people.
I can see in your eyes, I can see in your faces, I can see you cry. But what I want to say, there's no reason to cry. Do not, in the name of peace, go in the streets and riot.
Education is a continual process, it's like a bicycle... If you don't pedal you don't go forward.
I believe education should be a right for every child, but tragically in many parts of world it is a privilege for certain children whose parents have money. There are 72 million children in the world who don't go to school and many of them are in Africa.
Around 80% of Liberians are unemployed and only half of all children go to primary school. Just one in 20 go on to secondary school. Young children are on the streets instead of in the classrooms. We are not giving them the opportunity to learn and they will struggle to get jobs when they grow up.
If I say I am not a politician, it is because I did not go to school to do political science. But at the end of the day, I think we are all born politicians. It's practical. All you got to do is practice.
In America there is a public library in every community. How many public libraries are there in Africa? Every day there are new books coming out and new ideas being discussed? But these new books and ideas don't reach Africa and we are being left behind.
I want for us to be self-sustained so we can export. The government has a responsibility to have agricultural programs so people are able to grow their own food.
The United Nations should come in and take over Liberia, not temporarily, but for life. To make Liberians believe in democracy, to make us believe in human rights, they need to go in and just seize control of the country. That is the only way Liberia will ever become the kind of country it was supposed to be.
They say I do not have the qualifications to be president, that I do not have education. Well, I would never divide the Liberian people.
The roads for connectivity are vital. We have partners and we have revenue that we will make sure will come in to build our roads.
I don't want my title to define my character. I don't think, as a president, I will change.
My fellow revolutionaries, liberation is a noble cause. We must fight to obtain it.
I ask Liberians to pray so that God will bring peace and stability, and bring about unification to ourselves.
I am the elected president of Liberia, not Ellen Sirleaf. They stole my victory, and I am here to say loud and clear that I am the winner of the elections.
I know a lot of people wonder why an ex-footballer should seek the presidency of the country but no one asks a lawyer or a businessman why they do the same. (From Weah's interview with the Guardian)
A lot of people felt that because I did not become the president [in 2005] that I had failed but for me, I had a good feeling … I see that experience as preparation for what I’m doing now. When I had a conversation with Nelson Mandela many years ago, he told me that if I was called on to serve my country I must do the right thing. I am acting on that advice. (From Weah's interview with the Guardian)
For the love of my country and for the love of my people I want to become president of what I have already done to change my people’s lives and by being president I feel can do more.
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George Weah quotes.
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