Former Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger has been given a special honour by Liberian leader, President George Weah. Wenger was given a hero’s welcome after arriving in the West African nation this week – received the country’s highest civilian award.
The ceremony was held by president Weah, who was brought over to Europe from Cameroon football when Wenger was boss of Monaco in 1988.
Claude le Roy, the former French football coach, was being honoured.
That £50,000 move to the French principality kick-started a stellar career which saw Weah eventually play for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, and latterly with Chelsea and Manchester City.
Most significantly in 1995, he become the first and only African to win the Fifa World Player of the Year accolade – an award he immediately handed over to Wenger at the glitzy ceremony.
Wenger held a meeting with Weah yesterday at the executive Mansion in the capital of Monrovia.
The 68-year-old, who left the Emirates hotseat after 22 years in May, also watched a local match between Arsenal and Manchester United supporters.