Former AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze has been elected as the brand new mayor of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, following within the footsteps of a number of different former Rossoneri who’ve moved into politics.
The 39-year-old, who spent 9 years in Serie A, scoring 12 objectives in 194 video games, received simply over 50 p.c of the vote to grow to be the brand new mayor of Tbilisi 5 years after returning to his dwelling nation and pursuing a profession in politics.
His nearest rival within the election, Aleko Elisashvili, took slightly below 17.5 p.c of the vote, making Kaladze the clear winner.
Kaladze had beforehand held a place within the Georgian authorities, following a pattern on the Serie A membership, whose former proprietor Silvio Berlusconi was Italy prime minister thrice.
Gianni Rivera — the 1969 Ballon d’Or winner — additionally went into politics after a 19-year profession with the Rossoneri and is presently a Member of the European Parliament, whereas George Weah — the 1995 Ballon d’Or winner — not too long ago received the primary spherical of presidential elections in Liberia, getting into right into a presidential run-off.
Andriy Shevchenko additionally moved into politics after retiring, however he has since returned to the sport as coach of Ukraine.
Ben Gladwell studies on Serie A, the Italian nationwide workforce and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Affiliation. @UEFAcomBenG.