Timothy Weah, son of Liberian football legend George Weah, has signed a three year deal with Paris Saint-Germain. The 17-year-old will be playing on the same team George Weah played from 1992 to 1995. Timothy Weah has rapidly risen through the ranks, ever since he scored a hat trick in his UEFA Youth League debut with the Bulgarian club Ludogorets in September 2016. “I am very proud to continue the adventure. I am in a big club and I look forward to continuing to progress so that I can one day play for the first team,” Timothy Weah said following the news. He already has experience with the Paris Saint-Germain organization, playing with their under-15 and under-19 squads in the past.
Timothy Weah hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1995 during his first year with AC Milan. To date, George Weah remains the only African footballer to win the European award. In addition to his stops at Paris Saint-Germain and Milan, he also played for Monaco, Manchester City and Marseille during his illustrious career. His reputation is so strong that he embarked on a presidential campaign in his home country, losing to eventual president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005. George Weah later successfully ran for a spot in the Liberian Senate, and has held the office since 2014.
As for Timothy Weah, he was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the adjacent neighborhood of Queens. As a result, he came up through the academy system of MLS’ New York Red Bulls. There, he played for a time alongside current Red Bulls player Tyler Adams and Leicester City footballer Kyle Gruno. From there, Timothy Weah was recruited to Paris Saint-Germain. Internationally, he has played with the United States under-17s so far, although it’s expected that Liberian football will continue to try wooing him.