However, the 51-year-old was offered the chance to pull on the boots again to mark the retirement of the number 14 shirt he famously wore for his country.
At the age of 51, Liberia President George Weah put his soccer boots back on to feature for his country in an worldwide friendly match.
The Nigeria-German head caoch paraded about 85% of Eagles global professionals for the international-friendly -turned exhibition match in Monrovia played in about 35,000 seat capacity.
Weah, a former professional footballer, featured for 79 minutes in the game played in the capital, Monrovia.
The Ballon d'Or victor, who is now president of the country, was given the chance to wear his preferred No 14 shirt one last time in a friendly match with Nigeria. Fans were treated to the sight of the former AC Milan forward leading the national team onto the pitch before he showed glimpses of the talent which saw him named the 1995 World Footballer of the Year.More news: One of Spider-Man PS4's Most Heartfelt Easter Eggs Has Turned Sour
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It had been 16 years since Weah's last worldwide football appearance and months after his presidential inauguration.
The match ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.
Henry Onyekuru, an Everton player on loan at Galatasaray, was the one to put Nigeria ahead.
Weah enjoyed a career in Europe spanning almost a decade and a half that saw him play for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in France, AC Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.