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Liberia President and football icon George Weah makes surprise international return at 51

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The African nation arranged an international friendly against Nigeria to retire the iconic number 14 shirt worn by the nations all-time record scorer.

However, fans were stunned when the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the line within the starting XI, nearly two decades since announcing his retirement.

The Liberia squad and Weah's former teammate, 48-year-old James Debbah, wore shirts bearing the message "Thank you King George".

Goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo helped Nigeria to a 2-0 lead before the hosts pulled one back through a penalty from former Mpumalanga Black Aces striker Kpah Sherman in the dying stages.

Weah, who scored 22 goals in 61 caps for The Lone Stars between 1987 and 2007 - was eventually substituted to a rapturous ovation with 11 minutes remaining.

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