Asamoah Gyan Biography
Asamoah Gyan is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Legon Cities FC and is the former captain of the Ghanaian national team.
Date of Birth
November 22, 1985
Gyan began his career in 2003 with Liberty Professionals scoring ten goals in sixteen matches then spent three seasons with Serie A club Udinese via two seasons loan at Modena netting on fifteen occasions in 53 league matches and at Udinese where he scored 11 times in 39 league matches.
In 2008, Gyan joined Ligue 1 club Rennes, netting fourteen times in forty-eight league matches during two seasons.
In 2010, Gyan joined Premier League club, Sunderland, breaking the club’s transfer record and netting on ten occasions in thirty-four Premier League matches during two seasons.
In 2011, Gyan joined Al Ain of the UAE Pro-League on loan and became the league’s top goalscorer, scoring 24 times in 27 matches.
In the following season, Gyan permanently joined Al Ain and once again became the league’s top-goalscorer while he helped Al Ain retain the UAE Pro-League title, scoring an impressive 28 goals in 32 matches. In the 2013–14 season, Gyan scored on 44 occasions in 40 matches with Al Ain.
Gyan is the all-time leading goalscorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals.
He represented Ghana at 2006, 2010, and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
With 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.
Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017, helping them finish in third place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.
He was part of the 2004 Ghana Olympic squad, who exited in the first round, having finished in third place in Group B.
He also scored the fastest goal of the tournament after 68 seconds.
The strike was also Ghana’s first-ever goal in the FIFA World Cup, coming in the game against the Czech Republic on 17 June at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany, which set the Black Stars on their way to a 2–0 victory.
He missed a penalty later in the game and received a yellow card ruling him out of the final group game for trying to take the penalty too early.
In Ghana’s defeat to Brazil in the round of 16, he was sent off in the 81st minute after collecting his second booking of the match (for diving).
On 24 January 2008, during the Africa Cup of Nations, Gyan and his brother Baffour decided to walk out on the Black Stars following criticism after their unconvincing 1–0 win over Namibia.
The media learned the brothers had packed their bags and were ready to leave the team hotel but were persuaded to stay by teammates.
In the 2010 African Cup of Nations, Asamoah Gyan helped a Ghana team, ravaged by injuries to the finals.
Gyan scored three out of the four Ghana goals during the tournament.
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