George Weah Attributes Football Success To Wenger

By Ikenga Chronicles December 27, 2017

George Weah Attributes Football Success To Wenger

Former Monaco and AC Milan striker George Opong Weah has attributed his success as a footballer to Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger.

The now Liberian Presidential candidate is obviously one of the greatest footballers to have lived on earth, becoming the only player to win the African, European and world footballer of the year titles in one season – in 1995.

This made the former Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and Chelsea striker have a very secure place among football’s legends.

However, he has attributed all of these to Arsene Wenger who was there for him during his years as a nobody before his rise to prominence.

It was gathered that the 51-year-old legend was brought up in the slums of one of Monrovia’s poorest towns but football under the French manager made him what he is today.

“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.

“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.

“He [Wenger] 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 Arsène, there was no way I would have made it in Europe,” Weah said as quoted in The Guardian