19 August 2014 09:30 | By Thomas Oakley
When politics meets sport: Bolivian President to play professional football

Evo Morales will play regularly next season, but he's not the first sporting politician



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President of Bolivia Evo Morales is playing professional football for a Bolivian club side this season, after the lifelong football fan agreed contract terms in May.

The 54-year-old - who’s only featured in exhibition matches before - has signed as a midfielder for first division side Sport Boys, and will, presidential schedule permitting, feature for 20 minutes per game.

He’ll also wear the number 10 shirt, and be paid the club’s minimum salary of around US$214.

However, though his newly-found professional status is unique, Morales is certainly not the first politician to make his love for sport known. Leaders around the world persist in trying to temper their political images with sporting shows.

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