Like father, like son: George and Timothy Weah play on same day

Liberia President George Weah takes to the pitch

Liberia president George Weah made a surprise return to worldwide football on Tuesday as he turned out against Nigeria just a few weeks before his 52nd birthday.

Even though he retired 15 years ago and he's quickly approaching 52 of years of age, he played 79 minutes in the 2-1 defeat.

Liberia arranged the friendly to retire their number 14 shirt, worn by Weah at his playing peak.

The 51-year-old, once named African Player of the Century, led the attack, but couldn't recreate the kind of performances that saw him score more than 200 goals, as a strong Super Eagles team ran out 2-1 winners in Monrovia.

According to reports, the 1995 World Footballer of the Year was delighted that Nigeria presented a strong side, including several players from the recent World Cup in Russian Federation for the game.

Weah showed glimpses of what made his World Player of the Year back in 1995
Weah showed glimpses of what made his World Player of the Year back in 1995

The striker made a name for himself in Europe after moving to Monaco in 1988 before also playing for Paris St Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Marseille.

Although a footballing legend in Liberia and, indeed, Africa, Weah is now the leader of his country after winning 60 per cent of the popular vote in December's election.

After the game, Weah hailed Nigeria as a great and worthy ally in national development, while describing the country's football as a model that he wants his country to follow.

He would later move to PSG, where he would become the one and only African player to win the Ballon d'Or in 1995.