Liberia President and former Ballon d’Or winner George Weah has congratulated his son, Timothy Weah, after his French side Lille won the Ligue 1 title.

“As a winner of the Ligue 1 title myself, I know it takes immense determination, hard work, commitment and steadfastness week after week to emerge as a champion,” President Weah said in a message posted on the official presidential website.

“In spite of many injuries and having played 28 games, this is a feat we know Tim had always wanted.

“We are glad that as a forward on the squad, he was able to contribute to this accomplishment in a major way for Lille to become French Champions once again,” Weah added.

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Lille’s Timothy Weah celebrates after defeating Angers and claiming the Ligue 1 title. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

President Weah played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1. His best spell was with AC Milan when his terrific season led him to win the Ballon d’Or as he became the first non-European to claim the prestigious award.

Weah also had a spell in England with Chelsea and Manchester City before retiring in 2004 to go into national politics.

The 1995 FIFA Best Player of the Year was elected president of his country in 2017. Tim Weah, his son, represents USA in international football and was most recently called up to the squad for the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals.