USMNT’s Timothy Weah Wants to be the First American Ballon d’Or Winner

Timothy Weah with USMNT
Timothy Weah with USMNT. Photo by Brad Smith/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

Young U.S. and Paris Saint-Germain star forward Timothy Weah is already setting some high goals for his soccer career. The 18-year-old recently gave an interview for PSG’s official website and said that he wants to become the “first American Ballon d’Or winner.” His father, current Liberian president, and former Milan forward George Weah was the first (and currently the only one) Ballon d’Or winner from Africa.

“With my father being the first African player to win the Ballon d’Or, it has pushed the bar really high,” – said Weah. “However, the sky is the limit for me — I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to. Once I work hard, and that is my goal, to potentially be the first American Ballon d’Or winner. People might say, he is just talking. At the end of the day, though, it is about me putting in the work at training and on the field.”

Despite only playing in three games for PSG’s first team, Timothy Weah is already considered to be one of the club’s most talented youngsters. Weah also recently made his international debut for the United States, in a friendly against Paraguay in March 2018. His first start for USMNT came in May when he started the game against Bolivia in which he scored his first international goal.