Bolivian President Evo Morales Signed by Sport Boys Football Club

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 19, 2014

Bolivia‘s president Evo Morales, waves to photographers following a football match at the Carranza Stadium ahead of the XXII Iberoamerican summit in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Cadiz host a two-day summit that brings Latin American leaders together with those of Spain and Portugal, two countries badly hit by the economic crisis. A report by two international organizations says economic growth in Latin America will ease from 4.4 percent in 2011 to 3.2 percent in 2012, the first slowdown in nearly a decade. (AP Photo/Miguel Gomez)
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Bolivian president Evo Morales has been signed up to first-division club Sport Boys, despite being 54 years old and—in theory—quite busy running the country.

According to the BBC, football-loving Morales will turn out for around 20 minutes a match whenever he's available and pocket the minimum wage of £127:

"He loves football and plays well," said Sport Boys' president Mario Cronenbold. "He'll wear the No 10 shirt."

"We'll send him a list of matches and he'll chose which ones to play in," he said.

[...] The president is said to be fit and very excited with the prospect of playing.

Mr Morales has played in several well-publicised matches with journalists, union leaders and other presidents.

Morales has been president of the South American nation since 2006.

There's probably a difference between turning out in charity matches and serious football, but if you were the president of your country and fancied a game, don't pretend you wouldn't consider trying it.

[BBC]