Liberian President George Weah was seen embracing his son and USMNT winger Tim Weah after the US’ crucial 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday, as the Americans progressed to the World Cup’s Round of 16.
The 22-year-old was seen wearing a FIFA-sponsored orange bib when he met his father and mother, Clar, in the tunnel of Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, after being subbed in the 82nd minute for center-back Walker Zimmerman.
‘The final comeback,’ George told his son while giving him a hug and a pat in the back for his contribution in leading the US to finish in second place of Group B.
He has also started all three of the Red, White and Blues fixtures in Qatar and will surely look to keep his spot in the Americans’ starting XI against the Netherlands on Saturday in the Round of 16.
‘We worked so hard as a group to be in these types of positions and Iran played a beautiful game,’ Weah told Fox Sports after Gregg Berhalter’s young side got their first win at the World Cup.
‘But, you know, thanks to Christian, he put it away and got hurt in the process, but we love him and thank him and we’re through. So, it is a great feeling.’
The tricky winger, who plays for Ligue 1 side Lille OSC, was born in New York while his father was still a professional player. The winger made his debut for the U.S. in 2018 and is the first member of his family to play at a World Cup, as his George never got to feature at soccer’s biggest stage for Liberia.
The Liberian President is one of the greatest players to come out of Africa and is still the only African to win the Ballon d’Or.
‘Congratulations,’ Brazilian legend Pele wrote to Tim, who had dedicated his goal against Wales to the US and his father’s native Liberia.
‘It was a beautiful goal,’ the three-time World Cup champion added. ‘Keep dreaming, dreams come true.’
Referring to him as ‘Papa Pele,’ Tim responded to the soccer great by thanking him for the ‘inspiring message.’
‘Thank you for everything you’ve done for the world and for us young black men,’ Weah wrote, adding ‘Grandes Abraços,’ which means ‘big hugs’ in Portuguese.
Timothy was then asked about the exchange on Good Morning America.