Most politicians are content with kissing babies and cutting ribbons on the campaign trail, but Bolivian president Evo Morales appears to be taking a more sporting approach to improve his opinion poll ratings.
The 54-year-old — who is up for re-election this year — has been announced as the latest signing of Sport Boys, a Bolivian Primera División team based in the south-eastern province of Santa Cruz.
Despite his advanced years, the left-wing leader will play in midfield and will earn the minimum salary of $213 per month. The BBC reports:
"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.
President Morales, who is said to be in excellent shape, will make his debut for Sport Boys in August, in what will be the team's sophomore season in the Bolivian top flight.
The world leader may only be capable of Jan Molby levels of speed, but he certainly sounds like a fearless competitor: in 2006, he broke his nose when a goalkeeper fouled him during an indoor game.
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