DURBAN – It is very difficult to believe that there’s been only one Africa-based footballer who has captured the Fifa Footballer of the Year award in the history of the beautiful game.
But it is the sad reality.
The incumbent president of Liberia, George Weah, is the only player to scoop the most prestigious gong in world football.
Weah was menacing during his heyday. He was an entertainer of note. Weah would dance around the field. He was a special player, and marvellous to watch. Defenders were scared of him. Weah was lethal in front of goal - as players in France and Italy can tell you, where he made his name for the likes of Monaco and AC Milan.
In 1995, he walked away with the Footballer of the Year gong. Unfortunately, there’s no other African footballer who has managed to match Weah, even though the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba have come close.