Liberian football legend George Weah says he fears for his life in his homeland, accusing President Charles Taylor's government of targeting him for violence.
Announcing his intention to quit international football after Liberia's campaign in the 2002 African Nations Cup, Weah said he would return to Monrovia only if there was a change of government.
Weah, a former world footballer of the year who enjoyed a glittering career with a series of top clubs across Europe, said his high profile left Liberia's rulers feeling threatened.
The 35-year-old, who has also won acclaim for his work as an ambassador with the UN children's charity Unicef, accused Taylor of jealously viewing him as a potential political rival.
"I don't want somebody to come and kill me because of my popularity," said the former AC Milan and Paris St Germain star.