Famous former footballer turned politician, George Weah has been elected as the 25th President of Liberia in his second attempt at the presidency.
Having won the African Best player three times as well as a FIFA World Best in 1995 (the only African to have won the award) was a very successful footballer.
But for the poor performances of the Liberian national team, the Lone Stars, he would undoubtedly have become the best ever African player.
His success on the field has been translated onto the political arena and he has claimed the highest position in his homeland.
Looking at this commendable achievement, YEN.com.gh could not but think of how many Ghanaian football stars could have such success in the political arena if they decided jump on.
And we got quite a few in the list below:
1. Abedi Pele:
Abedi Ayew 'Pele' is ,without doubt, the greatest Ghanaian footballer since the late 1980s. With three African Best titles he is among the greatest on the continent.
After retiring from football, the 53-year-old has been involved in CAF and FIFA duties and was recently appointed as a member of the organizing committee of CAF's junior tournaments.
The former Black Stars captain, who happens to be the first sports person have been awarded Ghana's highest national honour, Order of Volta (civil division), has staunch followers who would likely support him if he decided to branch into partisan politics in the future.
2. Asamoah Gyan:
The current Black Stars captain divides opinion like no other player in the team now. He has 'lovers' and 'haters' in equal measure.
While he has been fiercely criticized over some of his performances, he also has many defending him with the record 51 goals he has scored for the Black Stars.
Apart from his large fan base, he is also very philanthropic and in Ghana, people consider what you can do for them personally before casting their votes for you.
Still 32 and still playing, he has number of years ahead of him to decide to enter into mainstream politics but he sure has the potential to be successful.
3. Stephen Appiah:
The former Hearts of Oak and Juventus star has had a relatively successful career at club level.
What gives him his folkloric status as a footballer is the fact that he captained Ghana to its first ever World Cup in 2006 in Germany where the team performed creditably.
Whenever, he played for the Ghana, Tornado, as his fans call him, showed full commitment and endeared him to many Ghanaians.
With such respect and love from fans joining politics should not be that difficult.
4. Anthony 'Tony' Baffoe:
Though he played for relatively small clubs, Tony Baffoe's career was groundbreaking as he was one of the first black players to make an appearance in the German Bundesliga.
Born in Germany to a Ghanaian diplomat, he was the first foreign born player to feature for the Black Stars.
After a career which also took him to France, Hong Kong and Venezuela, has carved a successful career as a football administrator and he is currently a Deputy General Secretary of CAF in charge of Football and Development.
With such a huge CAF appointment, any future political ambitions will be much helped as the politics in football is not quite different from what pertains in partisan politics.
Aside his international exposure, connections and the respect he enjoys, he has a very popular person for a wife, Kalsoum Sinare, the actress.
And she could well be his Samira if the 52-year-old decided to step into the political arena.
5. Samuel Ose Kuffour:
Sammy Kuffour is arguably Ghana's most successful football export to Europe and not even the great Abedi Pele can challenge him when it comes to club honours.
He competed at the top level for nearly a decade with German giants, Bayern Munich winning every club title possible.
He also had a more than good international career winning medals for Ghana at all levels except the Black Stars. He is often cited as one of the few good e of Ghana's junior teams of old.
After his successful career, he has become pundit with South Africa-based SuperSports and was recently rumoured to be interested in managing local powerhouse, Asante Kotoko as an administrator.
Kuffour in 2015 was given a clean shave on live TV because he lost a bet that Ghana was going to beat Ivory Coast to lift the AFCON.
With such love for Ghana, it is not surprising he is much respected and loved by fans.
It should not surprise anyone that he will get massive support should he decide to become a politician.
It must be noted, however, that YEN.com.gh is not saying these players will become presidents like George Weah as the political terrain in Liberia is very different from that of Ghana.
But considering their popularity, respect and the depth of their pockets they could match many politicians we have in Ghana and thus would fare badly if they were to contest for positions.
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