Contributor Perspectives

Hat Tricks and Halos: How Athletes Become Politicians

Tolga Ozyurtcu
Board of Contributors
Jan 15, 2018 | 09:06 GMT
Liberia's star soccer player turned politician George Weah shakes hands with former children soldiers in Monrovia.

Liberia's star soccer player turned politician George Weah shakes hands with former children soldiers in Monrovia.

(ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week I found myself discussing former athlete George Weah's new political career with an old friend from the Argentine café days. The conversation drifted to the broader topic of athletes who become politicians, and why voters might be compelled to vote for people whose professional lives centered on throwing a ball or punching someone in the head. I'll concede in advance that my investigation of this topic is far from complete, but I think it raises some interesting questions....

For Serious People Who Seek Intelligence Over News

Subscribe and Save 50% Today!

12-Month Introductory Offer.

  • High quality, unbiased analysis of global events
  • Quarterly, annual, and decade geopolitical forecasts
  • Customized notifications, newsletters, and much more

Preview Some FREE Worldview Articles Below:

Free Coronavirus Articles

Free Geopolitical Articles

Article Search

Copyright © Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

Stratfor Worldview

OUR COMMITMENT

To empower members to confidently understand and navigate a continuously changing and complex global environment.