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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.
In 2003, Gyan started his career with Liberty Professionals in Ghana’s Premier League. He scored ten goals in 16 matches. After that, he spent three seasons on loan with Serie A club Udinese through two seasons loan at Mode. He netted on fifteen occasions in 53 league matches, as well as at Udinese, where he scored 11 goals in 39 league matches.
Gyan joined Ligue 1 team Rennes in 2008, scoring fourteen goals in 48 league matches over two seasons. Gyan joined Premier League club Sunderland in 2010, breaking their transfer record. He netted ten times in thirty-four Premier League matches over two seasons.
Asamoah Gyan was loaned to Al Ain, the UAE Pro-League’s. He became the league’s top-goalscorer, scoring 24 goals in 27 matches. The following season saw Gyan join Al Ain permanently and again became the league’s top-goalscorer. He also helped Al Ain keep the UAE Pro-League title by scoring an impressive 28 goals over 32 matches. Gyan scored 44 goals in 40 matches played with Al Ain during the 2013-14 season.
With 51 goals, Gyan is the most all-time goalscorer for the Ghana national soccer team. He represented Ghana in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He is the highest African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup. Gyan represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics, as well as in seven Africa Cup of Nations (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017). This helped them to finish third in 2008 and second in 2010 and 2015.
Asamoah Gyan Date of Birth
Asamoah Gyan was born on November 22, 1985, in Accra, Ghana.
He is from Wenchi in the Bono East region, but born and raised in Accra.
Gyan had his early education at Seven Great Princess Academy in Dansoman, completing in 1999, and had his secondary education at the Accra Academy from 1999 to 2002.
Gyan began his career in Ghana at the Liberty Professionals club in Accra. He played in 16 league matches of the Ghana Premier League, scoring 10 goals during his one-season top flight season. He was the league’s third-highest goalscorer at the end of the season.
After signing for Udinese in 2003, he spent two seasons on loan at Modena, a Serie B club, to gain match experience. After his excellent performances at the 2006 World Cup, Lokomotiv Moscow expressed interest in him. Gyan was back with Udinese in 2006, but Udinese decided to cancel a January transfer window deal to sell him.
The striker was close to signing a three-year deal with Russian Club Lokomotiv Moscow worth US$10.5million, which is the fourth-highest transfer fee in Russian football history. “The striker Udinese targeted to replace me did not sign for them,” Gyan told BBC Sport. “I’ve been told I will now have to stay in Italy for the rest of the season.”
On August 10, 2007, Gyan, along with Fabio Qagliarella, signed an enhanced five-year contract extension at Udinese to remain there until June 2012. This was in recognition of his excellent performance during the 2007-2008 preseason.
Asamoah stated, “I have decided that I will stay here because it’s one of the top leagues in the worldwide.” He also said, “There is the possibility of me playing regular football here to make me a better player. I am comfortable with the new deal and I know I can help Udinese achieve things for the future.” In Udinese’s 7-0 friendly victory later that night, Gyan and Quagliarella celebrated their contract extensions by scoring a brace each.
Only July 2007 after his outstanding pre-season form, including a hat trick in a friendly against Serie B outfit Spezia on July 25, before Udinese sealed the long-term contract. Gyan scored 8 goals for Stadio Friuli in 2006-2007, helping them to finish 10th in Serie A.
Gyan suffered from injury throughout the 2007-2008 season. He never returned to Udinese after January 2008. He played only 13 Serie A matches and scored 3 times that season.
Gyan was signed on 11th July 2008 by Ligue 1 Club Stade Rennais for a 4-year contract with an €8 million transfer fee. Gyan played 48 times for Rennes, scoring 14 goals. He was a well-known goalscorer by the end of his time at Rennes. In the 2009-2010 season, he scored 13 league goals. Gyan played only three games in Ligue 1 during the next season before he left for Sunderland.
Gyan signed a four-year contract for Premier League club Sunderland on August 31, 2010, a club record £13million. Later, Gyan was given the number 33 jersey at Sunderland. After being substituted by Danny Welbeck, Gyan scored in his Sunderland debut against Wigan Athletic. The match ended 1-1, with Antolin Alcaraz scoring Wigan’s equalizer.
His first start for Sunderland was marked by his goal against West Ham United in the League Cup. In the 2-0 victory against Stoke City, Gyan scored twice in his first Premier League appearance for the club. The first goal was scored in the 9th minute by Nedum Onuoha’s shot, when a Nedum Onuoha shot was parried by goalkeeper Asmir Begov. Gyan was on hand to tap in the rebound.
Asamoah Gyan then added his second goal in the 86th minute to secure a 2-0 win for the Black Cats. He scored the equalizer against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in a 1-1 draw three days later to move Sunderland up to seventh on the table. He also scored a goal against Chelsea in Sunderland’s 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Sunderland’s third goal against Blackburn Rovers was scored by Gyan on January 1, 2011.
Sunderland’s website confirmed that Gyan would be moving on a long-term loan to Al Ain FC on September 10, 2011. While speculation was rife that a fee would be paid to Gyan for the loan period of up to £6million, and Gyan earning up to four times his salary, Chairman Niall Quinn stressed the financial benefits to both Sunderland and the player of the agreement.
Al Ain’s tenth league win was achieved by the Ghanaian, and he was their top goalscorer with 22 league goals. Martin O’Neill, Sunderland’s manager on December 8, 2011, considered recalling Gyan from his loan spell.
Gyan signed a five-year contract with Al Ain, worth more than £6 million per season, on July 6, 2012. In 2013, he was the UAE league’s top goalscorer and helped his team win the title. Gyan posted on his website on 24th July 2014 that he had signed an extension to his contract at Al-Ain. This was an improved deal which would tie him to Al-Ain until 2018.
Gyan, who had confirmed his departure from Al Ain on his website on 7th July 2015, said that he was now joining Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League. Shanghai SIPG officially announced that they had signed Gyan from Al Ain for an undisclosed amount. The news that Gyan was earning a weekly salary of £227,000 from his Chinese club made him instantly one of the highest-paid football players in the world.
He joined the Turkish club Kayserispor on 5th July 2017 and left on 9th August 2019.
North East United
He joined Indian Super League side NorthEast United on 19th September 2019. He scored his first goal in Northeast United FC’s match against Odisha FC in the 84th minute on 26th October 2019. His team won the match by 2-1.
He sustained an injury half-way through the season that would keep him out for the remainder of the season, and on 15 January 2020 he was officially released from the club as Irish striker Andy Keogh was signed to replace him. His time at Northeast United ended with 4 goals in 8 games.
On November 1, 2020, Gyan returned to Ghana to join Legon Cities, in a loan deal worth more than 1 million dollars.
Asamoah Gyan International Career
Gyan made his debut for Ghana’s international team at 17 years old, just three days prior to turning 18. Asamoah Gyan scored his first goal on the day of his International debut with Ghana in a match against Somalia on the 19th of November 2003 in the 90th minutes.
Gyan was substituted for Nana Arhin Duah in the 77th minute in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier, three days prior to turning 18; he was instrumental in aiding Ghana to win the game and becoming the youngest player ever scoring for Ghana.
He scored four times over seven games during the impressive World Cup qualifying campaign, aiding Ghana to be able to participate in their first ever world cup in the history of the game. He was part of the 2004 Ghana Olympic squad, who were eliminated in the first round, finishing in third position in Group B.
Also, he scored Ghana’s fastest goal of the competition in the game, just 68 seconds. This was the first goal Ghana has scored in the FIFA World Cup, coming during the match in the group game against the Czech Republic on 17th June at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany, which helped set up the Black Stars on their way to victory by 2-0.
He missed a penalty in the second half of the match and was given a yellow card that ruled him out of the last group game because he attempted to concede the penalty too soon. In Ghana’s loss against Brazil in the 16th round, Gyan was dismissed in the 81st second minute after receiving his second caution during the match (for taking a dive).
On 24 January 2008, during the Africa Cup of Nations, Asamoah 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 reported that the brothers were packing their luggage and set to go home but were convinced to stay by the team. At the time of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Asamoah Gyan was part of the Ghana team that was ravaged by injuries until the finals. Gyan scored three of four Ghana goals in the tournament.
Gyan scored an injury-time penalty during the 85th minute in Ghana’s first fixture of the 2010 World Cup against Serbia, winning 1-0. He struck the goalpost in the 92nd minute, before being substituted with an applause from the crowd just before the closing whistle. In Ghana’s next game the following day, he scored an injury time penalty at the end of 26 minutes of the game to bring the score level and secure Ghana a draw of 1-1 against Australia.
In the round of 16 match against the United States, he scored a goal in the extra time that allowed Ghana to beat the United States 2-1 and become the 3rd African team to advance to the tournament’s quarter-final, following Cameroon as well as Senegal.
However, in the quarter-final match against Uruguay after Luis Suárez’s handling of a ball in the goal line, Asamoah Gyan missed a penalty kick with just a few seconds remaining at the end of extra time. He missed the crossbar, resulting in an extra shoot-out in order to decide the match. Gyan converted his shot during the penalty shoot-out that followed, but Uruguay won the shoot-out by a score of 4-2.
For the second time in his football career, Gyan missed an important penalty kick at a major tournament. He missed a penalty kick during the 2012 African Cup of Nations semi-final. Ghana was subsequently defeated in the semi-final 1-0. In the aftermath of missing that penalty, Gyan decided to take an “indefinite break” from international football. On May 8, 2012, Asamoah Gyan made an announcement about his return to the Black Stars team.
On 7th June 2013, he scored two goals in a 3-1 victory against Sudan in a World Cup qualifier to make him the nation’s top goalscorer and surpassing Abedi Pele’s record of 33.
On the 2nd of June 2014, Gyan was named in Ghana’s team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the first match of the tournament, he was captain of Ghana’s Black Stars against the United States in a 2-1 loss. The goal was his debut of the competition in a draw against Germany, which was equal to the record set by Roger Milla, which was five FIFA World Cup goals.
In the final match of the group in the tournament, he was the top African goalscorer for the first time in World Cup finals history by scoring the Black Stars’ goal as they lost 2-1 to Portugal.
In the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Gyan was unable to play in Ghana’s opening game which ended in a loss of 2-1 to Senegal and was suffering from a “mild bout” of malaria. Gyan returned for the second game, scoring a last second winning goal against favourite to win the tournament, Algeria, with a 1-0 win for Ghana’s Black Stars.
An exile that lasted more than one year came to an end in October 2018 when Gyan was selected to the Ghanaian team for two of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification games against Sierra Leone.
Gyan announced his retirement from international football on the 20th of May 2019, which was a month prior to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. But, one day later, Gyan changed his mind following an exchange with Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Asamoah Gyan Awards and Trophies
- UAE Pro League: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
- UAE President’s Cup: 2013–14
- UAE Super Cup: 2012
- BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2010
- CAF Team of the Year: 2010, 2013, 2014
- UAE Pro League Top Scorer: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
- AFC Champions League Top Scorer: 2014
- AFC Champions League Dream Team: 2014
- AFC Foreign Player of the Year: 2014
- Ghana Player of the Year: 2010, 2014
Asamoah Gyan Net Worth
Asamoah Gyan net worth is estimated at $30 million. He is the second richest Ghanaian footballer after Michael Essien being the first with $42 million.
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