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Rossoneri Advent Calendar Day 14: George Weah and the Wonder Goal

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31 Days Remembering Players From Milan’s Past, Each Date Will Feature A Player Who Donned The Jersey Number.

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George Weah played for AC Milan between 1995 and 2000 coming off a stellar tenure with PSG. The Liberia international joined Milan when the club was struggling to regain it's confidence and was looking to relaunch as many legends left the team in the mid 90s. Weah was a bright spot in this dark time as he managed to hit the ground running in his first season winning the Scudetto and finishing as Milan's top scorer. He would add another title to his belt in 1999 but played a much more periphery role to Oliver Bierhoff.

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George Weah is perhaps Milan's most distinguished alumnus as the current President of Liberia and over his football career he was an icon for the Liberian people and the entire African continent. Weah broke down barriers with football and his desire brought him to the summit of football when he was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1995 during his first season at Milan. The striker played for Milan at a difficult period where the club struggled under Fabio Cappello and underwent two coaching changes in a season when Oscar Tabarez and Arrigo Sacchi managed the team in 1996-97 before Cappello's return. Nevertheless, Weah demonstrated his skill, composure and athleticism combining with the likes of Baggio, Savicevic, Simone and Bierhoff to earn his two Scudetti in five years. During his first season on the road to the Scudetto, Weah make a huge impact scoring the winner against Juventus in the first meeting and an equaliser in the second meeting as they finished second; moreover, he scored the winner against Lazio in 1-0 away game as they finished third behind Milan.

Achievements with Milan

  • Serie A: 1995–96, 1998–99

Top Highlight

George Weah's world renowned goal in 1996 against Hellas Verona has to be his top highlight just for the sheer audacity of the striker to collect the ball in his own box and dribble past the entire Verona squad from one end of the pitch to the next to score with a sublime finish. Watch the wonder goal highlight here or below.