Timothy Weah: from being the son of a Ballon d'Or winner to becoming the face of the new USA team

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The young man who plays for Lille in Ligue One put the United States National Team ahead of Wales in their Cup debut Qatar World Cup 2022

Timothy Weah: from being the son of a Ballon d'Or winner to becoming the face of the new USA team

Timothy Weah celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B soccer match between the United States and Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP)

The draw of the Stars and Stripes team in their debut in Qatar 2022 left great points to the other members of Group B in the World Cup (England and Iran), since Gregg Berhalter's Squadsurprised his counterpart from Wales with a young Timothy Weah as one of the stars to watch for the USA team.

The youngster born in New York, USA part as the head of the new crop of soccer players in the US team, however, his ceiling as a soccer player is still very far, from what he can demonstrate for the future, as it has been since his debut with the representative of the Stars and Stripes in March 2018 in the United States' 1-0 win over Paraguay.

Timothy Weah who scored his first goal for the USA against Bolivia wants to write his own soccer history, but he can't separate himself from the enormous legacy his father has left in the most popular sport of the World, since Tim is the son of George Weah, president of the Republic of Liberia and the only African to win the Ballon d'Or in 1995 when he wore the colors of Milan,

Timothy Weah: from being the son of a Ballon d'Or winner to becoming the face of the new USA team

Timothy Weah of the United States in action during the World Cup Group B soccer match between the United States and Wales (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Contrary to what thousands of soccer players have faced, Timothy's life, like that of his older brothers George Jr and Tita , did not suffer deficiencies of any kind. Tim inherited his love for soccer from his father and, from a very young age, he knew that his love would be linked to the sport that has brought great glory to his family.

His physical and ball skills always earned him praise, even from his father who was always attentive to his son's projection from birth. His beginnings were at the Rosedale Soccer Club , a club owned by Michael Weah, Timothy's uncle, while his father played for Milan and later for < b> Chelsea of the Premier League.

At the age of 10, the youngster transferred to the United States Soccer Development Academy club >, where he played for three seasons. At the age of 13 he was transferred to the New York Red Bulls academy, at which time he also had a test with the team Bluewhere his father was a member of the -ballon-d'or-to-become-the-face-of-the-new-team-of-the-usa-19ee1ce.jpg” alt=”Timothy Weah: from being the son of a Ballon d'Or winner to become the face of the new USA team” />

n 1995, when he became the best player in Europe with the Milan jersey. Photo: AFP

In 2014 he moved to the PSG Academy, years later, his career led the Parisian club's management to offer him a contract starting in June 2017. However, after a club full of stars such as Neymar (his idol) or Kylian Mbappé, was forced to leave the institution in the French capital.

“We made the decision with my mother to sign in Paris because my father had played there, because I had family there and because I knew that the president was a good person. He always wanted to play it. When I arrived, there was Zlatan, Di María, Thiago Silva. Players I saw on TV. For me they were role models”, he said at the time.

Timothy Weah: from being the son of a winner of the Ballon d'Or to become the face of the new USA team

Timothy Weah of the USA celebrates scoring his first goal REUTERS/John Sibley

Thereafter decided to go on loan to Celtic from Glasgow, at that time he got his first contact with the United States National Team, where he had already participated in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship and the Under-17 World Cup.

After his great appearances, he was sold to Lille where he currently appears as one of the immovable players in Paulo Fonseca's team.