Moments of Magic #4 – George Weah

by Neil Sherwin

Moments of Magic heads to Serie A  to remember one of the finest solo goals ever seen.

#4 – George Weah v Verona, 1996

Fourteen seconds is all it took for George Weah to single handedly turn defence into attack and leave a packed San Siro in awe at his individual brilliance.

Coming off the back of a hugely successful 1995, when he became the first African to be voted World Player of the Year, his goal against Verona in September 1996 was so good that it drew strong comparisons to Diego Maradona’s effort for Argentina against England in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup.

A deep corner to the back post eluded everyone and ended up at the feet of the Liberian striker, and immediately he set off, appearing to have only one thing in mind.

Moving gracefully down the pitch, his balance and poise were exquisite as he avoided two challenges just inside the Verona half before outpacing chasing defenders to slot the ball calmly into the bottom left corner of the net.

The striker first came to promise when Arsene Wenger took him to Monaco in 1989, and after four years he moved to rivals Paris St. Germain.

A total of 32 goals in 96 games helped secure a move to Italian giants AC Milan in 1995, a year that was to prove his most successful as he added the European Player of the Year and African Player of the Year awards to his World Player of the Year accolade.

Weah won Serie A twice while playing for the Rosseneri, though the side struggled to make an impact on European competition.

After leaving Milan in 2000, Weah had largely forgettable spells at Manchester City and Marseille, and finished his career with Al Jazira of Abu Dhabi.

He was voted the best African player of the 20th century in 1996, and is currently very active in politics in his native Liberia.

Author Info

Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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1 Response

  1. Richard Walsh says:

    Beautiful goal, but in your heart of hearts you just know it was the jammiest run ever.

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