There are no specific protocols for Tim Weah to call or text his father. Communicating with a head of state is actually quite easy for him.
“I reached out to him on WhatsApp,” striker Weah says. United States men’s national team. “He won’t answer if he’s busy, just like I won’t answer if I’m busy. Dad is the most normal person you’ll ever meet. He wakes up and goes to play basketball or football.”
George Weah is the president of his hometown of Liberia. But he’s also the king of football.
He grew up playing with homemade balls in Monrovia, the impoverished capital of Liberia. But he rose to the top of his sport, even winning the Ballon d’Or, football’s highest individual honor. He was a world class striker. AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and MilanHe became the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League in 1995 and won the FIFA World Player of the Year award that same year. He came second in 1996.
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His childhood sparked a passion for humanitarian work and used his platform for good, becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador before running for president of Liberia. She currently serves a six-year term.
Despite his storybook life, there was one thing old Weah missed: He never acted in a drama. World Cup.
Liberia had been infested with civil war at the height of its football-playing days, and the closest he came to offering his country a World Cup berth was in 2002, when he missed the qualifying rounds by one point. Nigeria.
But Monday will watch Tim get the opportunity to play and even start for the United States at the World Cup in Qatar.
Speaking to FOX Sports, Tim Weah said, “I think it would mean the world to him. “It’s great to see your son on stage and to follow in his footsteps. If I had a son or daughter and watched them play in the World Cup, I would be happy too.”
Tim’s moms, George and Clar, are expected to attend the USA men’s national team’s opening game against the USA. Wales On November 21, at the Ahmet bin Ali Stadium (2pm ET on FOX and FOX Sports App). They will watch the game in a FIFA suite instead of other US parents, as is customary for heads of state attending.
“Yeah, it’ll be great,” says Tim.
Growing up as the son of a football legend had its advantages. Tim met some of his idols, such as former Nigerian national team star Jay-Jay Okocha, whom he considers “one of the most technically sick players”. And they had conversations with the ex Arsenal Coach Arsene Wenger, who coached George in Monaco and mentored his father throughout his career.
But although Tim has always stood by his family’s legacy, he never wanted to rely solely on her.
“He was ready to work even without a Tim name,” he says. Kyle DuncanWeah’s right-back cousin New York Red Bulls. “Always good, always talented. Some people with talent are lazy, but he was never lazy.”
This was something Weah’s US teammates quickly learned. He is proud of his father’s achievements but has more of his own personality.
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“She’s doing her own thing, and I think it’s very easy for someone in her position to get caught up in what their parents did and not have a life of their own,” says the Defender. DeAndre Yedlin, Weah’s best friend on the team. “But that doesn’t phase it out. It goes about its business, it has its own brand and its own character, and I respect it a lot.”
Adds stopper Walker Zimmerman: “Before I met him, I knew who his father was and I couldn’t believe it. This man is a member of the royal family, you know? – breathless timed comments. He brings good vibes and good music to the locker room and as a professional I can’t really talk enough about him.
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It was clear from an early age that Tim Weah would be a special actor. As soon as he started walking, he kicked the first soccer ball. Duncan recalls one of his birthday parties when asked what Weah would wish for when he blew out his candles.
“He shouldn’t have said that out loud, but he said he wanted to be a professional football player,” Duncan says. “I was three years older than him and dammit, it was like I wasn’t even thinking about it. [my future] yet.”
Weah took his time growing up between the New York metropolitan area and South Florida, where his mother was a football coach. When he was old enough, Tim joined the Red Bulls Academy. He moved to France at the age of 14 and played for the PSG Academy. Tim signed his first professional contract with PSG at the age of 17. He scored a hat-trick against the U17 National Team in the U17 World Cup. Paraguay In the round of 16, he became the first American man to score a hat-trick at any level in the knockout round of a FIFA competition.
“Honestly, that was a very weird way out,” Weah says. “I had a good tournament, but then I got a hat-trick, so it was a blessing. After that it was just hard work and the rest is history.”
Weah has qualified to play for four different national teams — France (through residence), Jamaica (mother’s hometown) and Liberia (your father) – but he says choosing the USA was an easy decision.
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“I wasn’t thinking of anything else,” he says. “Of course my roots will always be my roots but I grew up in America. I’ve lived here all my life. My family and friends are here. I started playing for the national team at the age of 12, so it was never like me.” I had to choose a side. I really didn’t have to make a decision.”
In March 2018, Weah came as a substitute in a match against Paraguay, becoming the first player born in 2000 to win a national team cap. He has since made 25 appearances, starting eight of 14 World Cup qualifiers and scoring three goals for the USMNT.
He also won three Ligue 1 titles – two with PSG and one Lille – and went through the injury glove. He had end-of-season hamstring surgery in February 2020 and later missed more time after injuring his quads. He dealt with another troubling injury to start his club season last year and missed two USMNT friendlies in September. He returned to play for Lille in October.
Now it all comes to a head in Qatar, where 22-year-old Weah plays an integral role for a young USMNT trying to change the global perception of American football. Not only as the team’s designated DJ – he owns a recording studio in his home in France – but also as a dominant and creative attacker, which Yedlin says is “just a handful for the defence”.
“It’s an electric,” Yedlin continues. “It’s a nightmare for the defence. He comes in from behind, puts you in one-on-one. He has a crazy shot. I was talking to him. [U.S. goalkeeper] Sean Johnson The other day, he said that Tim was the player who hit the ball best and who could hit the ball the best in the team.
“I actually felt like I was right. He can hit the ball. Playing against wingers like that is not something you want to face. So I’m glad he’s on our team and not someone we shouldn’t face.”
Alongside her love of music and fashion—she attended Paris Fashion Week and wants to one day launch her own brand—off the court, Weah shares her father’s passion for humanitarian work. He has no political ambitions, but he wants to establish his own foundation in Africa and establish a football academy. He says his mother wants him to adopt the children.
He tries to visit Liberia every December, and his family encourages him to bring friends. Yedlin said he wanted to go with her.
“People think Liberia is barren, treeless, but it really isn’t,” Weah says. “There are beautiful beaches, hotels, houses. It’s the weather. It definitely slows you down. It’s a place where you want to meditate and be whole with the world after a tough season.”
Carrying all of this with him whether he starts or not, Weah will play his World Cup debut while his superstar dad watches from the stands.
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“It’s a blessing,” Weah says. “It will be an honor to represent my family on the biggest stage ever and to represent my country. Everyone will be happy to live the dream through me.”