Before becoming the president of his country, Viktor Orban was a defender for the Puskás Akadémia FC football club.
In his first time as Prime Minister, the former footballer continued his football career by playing for his club.
When he cancelled a cabinet meeting to play in a match, he got a lot of people talking.
• Former Bolivian President Evo Morales is known for playing football whenever he gets the chance.
He was one of the players in a game held at 6,000 meters above sea level on Bolivia’s highest peak.
In 2014, Morales signed with Sport Boys, a Bolivian top-flight club, while still serving as president.
The club’s president stated that he will wear the number 10 jersey shirt and earn the bare minimum of $214 every month.
• Recep Tayyip Erdoan, Turkey’s current president, was previously the country’s prime minister.
Recep is a former footballer who played local football before being promoted to semi-professional level with IETT Spor in the 1970s.
In his seven years with the club, Erdoan won five titles and retired from football in 1981 after being told to cut his beard.
• George Weah is unquestionably Africa’s greatest successful footballer.
His achievements as a footballer earned him the African Best Player Award, the FIFA World Player of the Year Award, and the Ballon d’Or.
Weah has played for a number of top-flight clubs, including PSG, AC Milan, Chelsea, and others.
After serving as a senator, he was elected president of Liberia in 2018.
While in power as president, he played internationally for Liberia in a friendly match against Nigeria, which drew the attention of his followers.