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Footballers turned politicians

Some choose to start their own business and the rest make full use of their fame and turn into politicians after they retire from football. Check out our list of footballers who turned into politicians.

 1.George Weah

Weah is currently the 25th president of Liberia. Previously he was a professional footballer for almost 18 years. He ended his career in 2003. Weah was named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. Not just that, he was also named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995 and won the Ballon d’Or. He was the first and only African player thus far to win these awards!

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Considered as one of the best strikers of his time, the former Brazilian footballer is now one of Brazil’s known politicians. During his playing time, he helped his team win the 1994 World Cup. He was also named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players in 2004.

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3. Marc Wilmots

Currently managing the Iran national football team, Wilmots is a Belgian international former footballer and has some experience being a politician; having sat in the Senate for four years for the Mouvement Réformateur party.



Do you know that the legendary footballer once served as Brazil’s Minister of Sports? #truestory

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5.Grzegorz Lato

Lato is a retired Polish footballer. After retirement, Lato decided to become a football team manager from 1988 to 1999. He served as a Polish Senator for the Rzeszow region, between 2001 and 2005. Three years later, he was elected as the president of the Polish Football Association (PZPN). He retired from politics in 2012.

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