Who comes to mind anytime we think of the striker who has taken Ghana, and Ghanaian football to global heights? Who is being spoken of anytime a discussion is held concerning the Ghanaian footballer who carries the burden to place his nation to top African rankings? Who has been the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) in Ghanaian football in recent times? Truly, this gentleman is one of the very few footballers in Ghana who has attained the greatest feat in recent times. Undoubtedly, Striker Asamoah Gyan is the man of this discussion!

It’s the birthday of this great gift that Ghana has received. Hurray, Asamoah Gyan turns 36 today! He was born on 22nd November, 1985 to Cecelia Amoako and Baffour Gyan Mensah. He is a father of three: Rafael, Frederick and Floyd Gyan. He had formerly captained the Ghanaian National Team (Black Stars) and also a former striker at Legon Cities FC.

To celebrate his birthday, GhBliss has decided to list some of the great feats of Asamoah Gyan

that you probably did not know:

1. Asamoah Gyan is Africa’s top goalscorer at the FIFA World Cup.
Competing with the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba et al, Asamoah Gyan emerges as the player with most goals in the FIFA World Cup that African countries have participated. His goals total 6 in three appearances in the FIFA World Cup- 2006, 2010 and 2014.

2. Asamoah Gyan is the all-time top goalscorer in Ghana
Well, it is not Abedi Pele! Asamoah Gyan has 51 goals with the Black Stars of Ghana. With appearances, not only in the FIFA World Cup but also seven African Cup of nations, Asamoah Gyan has helped the Black Stars place 3rd in 2008, and 2nd in 2010 and 2015 during the African Cup.

3. Asamoah Gyan was a top goalscorer at his first team
Asamoah Gyan has a reputation of being a top goalscorer, and it seems this began from the very beginning of his career. He began his professional football career by first playing for Ghana’s club, Liberty Professionals. In 16 matches played during the Ghana Premier League, he scored 10 goals. He thus ended the season as the third player with the most goals.

4. Asamoah Gyan was the top goalscorer for a club in UAE
Asamoah Gyan joined Al Ain FC in the United Arab Emirates after Sunderland. He was paid four times more than his previous salary. However, the payment did not go waste as he became the top goalscorer in the 2013 UAE league with 22 goals. The football club thus maintained their title as champions.

5. Asamoah Gyan is the youngest player ever to score for Ghana.
Although many may not have recovered from the penalty shock during the 2010 World Cup at South Africa which would have led Ghana and Africa as a whole to the semi finals, and would have been the first time ever, it is also shocking to know that this great striker played a great role in helping Ghana qualify for their very first time to the FIFA World Cup. In 2006, three days before he turned 18, he scored during the World Cup qualifiers. This gave Ghana a win and gave him a name for being the youngest player to ever score for Ghana.

By Sheppy


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