Weah, currently bidding to become president of Liberia, remains the only African footballer to be crowned World Player of the Year.
“He was a father figure and regarded me as his son," Weah told the Guardian. "This was a man, when racism was at its peak, who showed me love. He wanted me to be on the pitch for him every day.
“One day, I was quite tired of training and told him that I was having a headache. He said to me: 'George, I know it's tough but you need to work hard. I believe that with your talent, you can become one of the best players in the world.'
"So, I listened and kept going on. Besides God, I think that without Arsène, there was no way I would have made it in Europe."