Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sent words of felicitations to 1995 Fifa Player of the Year, George Weah, on winning Liberia's presidential elections. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had "a special place in the French's hearts".
Weah thanked outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for sustaining peace in Liberia over the last 12 years, and for her commitment to the first democratic transfer of power in 73 years.
He was raised by his grandmother in one of the worst slums of Liberia's capital Monrovia, but he went on to have a glittering football career in the 1990s.
"Weah honored Sirleaf, calling her 'the Iron Lady of Africa" and promising to 'build upon the institutional gains" her administration has made. "While we work to grow the Liberian economy, expand our revenue base, medium term aid would be needed to support projects that would be critical to our long term growth", he said.
Though voter turnout for Tuesday's runoff was low, he drew support from the younger generation, which makes up a majority of Liberia's population of 4.6 million people.
The former global soccer star spoke at Coalition for Democratic Change party headquarters, where he vowed to tackle corruption and asked members of his party to applaud the Liberians who elected him.
Weah's rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him "King George". Weah's critics have said his brief experience in politics will be a challenge for the nation.
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He is set to take office in January.
"Follow the same path", Weah tweeted.
He also played for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea and Man City.
Then in 2011 he came second as a vice presidential candidate.
Weah's limited educational background hurt his political aspirations, and he returned to school after the 2005 attempt for president.
Ekweremadu urged the former World Footballer of the Year "to reciprocate the vast goodwill and confidence reposed in him by the good people of Liberia and the worldwide community by running an all-inclusive government".
As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf's son Robert for the seat.