Football has always had a connection with politics in one way or the other. In fact, a lot of sporting events cannot be conducted until the higher authority makes it possible. Some athletes went on to become successful and known politicians in the world. Today, we will take a look at the top 5 footballers who became politicians.
5. Andrey Arshavin
At the age of 37, Andrey Arshavin has once again been named player of the month in Kazakhstan. pic.twitter.com/4wvFlceRjc
— Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981) September 6, 2018
Every Arsenal fan will always remember the name Andrey Arshavin. Now at the age of 36, the Russian continues to perform with the Kazakhstan side FC Kairat. But did you know that Arshavin is a politician? He actually ran for Putin’s party in the regional council elections. Though he was eventually told to concentrate on football, Arshavin could return to politics after hanging his boots once and for all.
4. Sol Campbell
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— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 8, 2018
Having spent 20 years a professional footballer, Campbell is one of the most iconic defenders of his generation. He is often considered as one of the most decorated centre-backs in the history of the Premier League. But the former English defender is that he has been involved heavily with British politics after his retirement in 2011. He once put himself on the list for the Mayor of London but failed to garner a place in the shortlist.
3. George Weah
George Weah, the 25th and current president of Liberia has today announced that the University of Liberia and all other Public Universities are tuition-free for all undergraduates.#NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/oqzJRzoT4m
— NBS Television (@nbstv) October 24, 2018
Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, George Weah has a Ballon d’Or under his name. He is one of the most successful footballers turned politician. Weah was elected as the 25th President of Liberia, assuming the office in January 2018.