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Watch: Asamoah Gyan extends 'insane' goalscoring run in the UAE

Published on: 30 November 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Asamoah Gyan scored his 18th goal of the season to help Al Ain to a 2-1 win over Al Shaabab in the UAE Pro League on Friday.

The Ghana captain opened the scoring after just 13 minutes in the game played at the Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Stadium.

The former Udinese, Rennes and Sunderland striker has now scored an ‘insane’ 18 goals in just the 10 matches played so far this season.

Asamoah, who turned 27 last week has continued with his inspired form this season despite losing his mother to a car crash earlier this month.

He is now just four goals shy of equaling his 22 goal return in his debut season in the UAE top flight.

The Ghana striker is in the form of his life and very timely as the Black Stars prepare to make its latest attempt to win a fifth Nations Cup title in South Africa.

Friday’s win which was wrapped up by a 61st minute strike by Ali Al Wehaibi despite a consolation from Careca now sees Al Ain restore its three point lead in the Pro League and well on course to defending the title they won last season.

Watch Asamoah Gyan's goal against Al Shabab


This article has 27 comment(s), give your comment
  • keith from germany says:
    December 01, 2012 07:34 am
    breno didnt built but burnt his 1.5 millon villa mansion.thats apoint of coreection.thanks
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 01, 2012 07:36 am
  • Dr Who says:
    December 01, 2012 09:11 am
    @GH FUO,you have to think big and stop being childish.I simply meant Gyan is not a push over at least he has something under his sleeves.its doesnt mean he is superior to Messi.was that the only thing you understood from my post?Grow up boy,before I give you some ingestions to sleep.
  • JKB says:
    December 06, 2012 04:49 pm
    As supporters of the best sport ever played, we can say all we want about Gyan, criticize him or praise him, unfortunately none matters. What matters most is that Gyan is a capable individual, who has made a conscious decision to play in UAE league, whether its considered mediocre or elite, Gyan seems happy about his decision and that is what matters most. Wishing him well.
  • Fred B. Kyeremeh says:
    December 03, 2012 03:20 pm
    Maximum respect to you.Right there on point.Your level of knowledge goes beyond the game on the field.Bringing in all those points such as the constitutional issues on player wages in times of lengthy injuries has been very insightful and I though it will put to rest the level of criticism Gyan is getting from most people on this forum.I am tempted to believe most of the people did not read and rather decided to argue from an ignorant perspective.Maximum respect to you,do continue with the good works.This is an insightful exposition. I totally agree with you and I think Gyan made the right decision for his career now and life after football.At 27years this week,we should not forget that he may be at a disadvantage of attracting very good offers from a big club in Europe(I am referring to clubs of Champions League pedigree) to earn six digit wages like most of the top stars do. Football is now business.The days when people played for fun and made names without getting any good money are long gone.The modern game is full of uncertainties.Anything can happen at any time with regards to injuries threatening the careers of players. Life is full of uncertainties and one must make the most of whatever opportunities come his way. Gyan playing in the EPL raised his profile,I however believe that wouldn't make sense if that high profile did not reflect in his pocket. The amount of money he made last season on that loan move alone surpassed his entire career earnings in wages,according to some reports that were published at the time.(I will make available the source soon,I saved that article) It perfectly makes financial sense to me that he went to the UAE.The bottom line is that he is still enjoying his football,enjoying his unprecedented wealth,he is happy and his family is solidly behind him. I may share in the view of people that he should have stayed in Europe,but hey,what was the guarantee that he would still be on form to play or that he wouldn't have sustained a nasty injury which would rule him out of the game entirely? More what-ifs are in the life of a footballer,and Gyan I bet thought about his tomorrow in financial terms and grabbed the oil money.You and I would have done same if we were presented with such offers,bearing in mind where we are coming from as Africans.Let us stop criticizing our captain,he just made a wise decision.There were players who were far talented than him,yet did not even make it in their football careers.It was a God-given opportunity that came his way and he 'pleased' God by grabbing it...
  • Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:
    December 01, 2012 11:36 pm
    Whatever you want to say about Gyan, percentage wise he has been a better striker for his home country than Messi and Ronaldo. I would play in the UAE if I was making that money too. Now he's having fun and making millions. It makes sense but it will definately hurt his performance with the BS.
  • jesse says:
    December 01, 2012 11:40 pm
    @Keith,good point.The truth is that just brighten your corner where ever you are.Whether you are playing Kwabibrim or Barcelona.Gyan is in UAE and he is doing the job for which he was bought.Keep scoring the goals Gyan!
  • Kaygee says:
    December 01, 2012 02:47 pm
    GSN, dont show us old videos please. Very deceiving!!!
  • zuru says:
    December 01, 2012 07:10 am
    hey! U guys shud tink of ur successes n liv GYAN alone,wat hv u 2 for us to brag abt(notin better).those guyz talkin rubbish,won't u b over excited 2 b in da shoes Gyan?keep ur mouths shut,tell us, wat do u earn a year n wat r ur archievments 2.GYAN is da best option 4 gh so-far n no 1 can b compared to.''U GHANAIANS ENVY EVERY SUCCESSFUL FELLOW, WHY? Am done tanx.
  • Tiger says:
    December 01, 2012 06:16 am
    Gyan is simple de best
  • keith from germany says:
    December 01, 2012 07:29 am
    what is wrong with gyan playing in the uae? if he wasnt scoring goals there u guys would have still been complaining that gyan is not even able to score a goal in a mediocre league. d-light let us take the worldcup for example. gyan alongside roger milla are africas top leading worldcup goal scorerers with 4 goals each. what did drogba n eto do at all the worldcups they played in? they dissaapointed their countries at the highest level when all hopes where on them. gyan was the main man for africa at the 2010 wc in souhth africa. u guys are talking as if gyan aint popular.go to everywhere n ask somebody who knows about soccer and ask them whether they kno gyan the answer will be"the ghanaian goal poacher". his international record is there for everybody to see. when he came to europe in 2003 at the age of 17 years nobody gave him a dog chance to even make the grades in europe. everywhere he went he banged in the goals at modena,udinese,stade rennes n afc sunderland and he is now doing the same in the uae with al-ain sports club. iu all forget that nobody knew drodba when he was 22 years old.he was a late starter.drogba came in the limelight when he was 26 years old.when he was playing for en avant guimpanp,only french ligue soccer pundits n insiders knew him.his star arose when he pkayed for olympique marseille. but our main man gyan started at a young age.he carried the nations hope at the 2006 worldcup which was held in good old germany. at the worldcup gyan has achived more than drogba n etoo who all failed to raise to the occasion. now lets come to the other part. i know a loot of players who werent wise n made good use of the big money they earned, lets us take former senegal international souleyman sane for an example.he played for sg wattenscheid 09,1.fc nürnberg n sc freiburg who are all house old names in geraman soccer.he earned during his playing time over 3 million in the 1980's deutschemarks which is today equivalent to 1,5 mio euros.he has lost all n he is now working for 1500 euros in month. our own bereved patrick allotey who played for feyenord rotterdam earned good money but i guess it wasnt enuff o hold him for a long time.he had depression n later died. u guys forget that not all african players earn millions during their hey days. some aern maybe 300,000 euros per anum or less.for us its a lot iof money but look our african players only play football to survive but our white counterparts plays soccer n they also take their studies serious becuz most of them start their second carreers after offering a course at the university.there areb many of them who says they dont wanna have anything to do with soccer after their playings days becuz they would like to do their dream job. can that be said of african players who only eat n drink for football?thats BIG NO!! the third thing is if a footballer gets a career threatening injury n he falls out for lets say a year,according to the european constituitional law his team,ewhich he plays for are not obligated topay him his monthly salary but rather the health insurrance. becuz every team in europe must sign an health insurance contract for his players n see to it that the health insurance company pays the player's a monthly compensation. the same thing happened to former bayern münich brazilian defender breno borges who is now in prison.he was earning 100,000 euros a month n all of a sudden he was out for 8 months n bayrn münich where no more obligated to pay him his monthly salary becuz it was now the rensponsibility of his health insurance company.instead of getting 100,000 euros as usual,the health insurance company paid him 10,000 euros,thast means he lost 90,000 euros every moth n he was injured for 8 months.calculate all the lost he made in 8 months n u guys will come back to ur senses that asamoah gyan has made a very wise descision. becuz of that the above said bayern defender breno had depression becuz brazilians are just like africans who also play soccer without taking their school serious. he couldnt take his depression n his problems anymore. he got himself boozed n he built his 1.5 million villa mansion in münich n was sentenced to 3 years in german prison, gyan dont mind them.i guess after reading this they will change their way of thinking about u.
  • Sergeant says:
    December 01, 2012 04:41 am
    Gyan does not need to prove anything to anyone in any league.the guy has proven himself in Italy,France and in the Britain.He has done the same at AFCON & WC,won BBC footballer of the year etc etc what else do you guys want him to do? After all what is football about?......MONEY! Some of you have forgotten that the life of a footballer playing on a pitch is short so you need to maximize every opportunity you silly injury and your career is you want same for Gyan? Look sharp and advise that Bison of Essien to follow Gyan‘s theory because age has caught up with him and he doesnt need to prove anything to anyone in any league.
  • Dr Who says:
    December 01, 2012 04:59 am
    Gyan has scored Petr Cech twice...Messi has never scored a goal against Cech.I can list many countries who have tasted Gyan goals including the England national team.The fact that you wish to watch him play week in and week out in the premiership to satisfy you football libido and its not happening doesnt make him a bad player.
  • Benjamin Carboo says:
    December 01, 2012 12:25 am
    Charlie de Gyan guy is not even happy being de leading goal scorer cos he knows dat can't happen in de English, Russian or Ghana glo league. But hey he has no choice cos football now is money. Fame isn't money. Make more money n come run for president, azonto Gyan!
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    November 30, 2012 10:54 pm
    D Light I am quite touched by the level of ignorance and the depth of the bias and shallow-minded quagmire shown above. 1. Work is about cash- FACT 2. In England Income tax is over 50% for what these guys earn hence Mikel' 120K becomes 65K( that is moneyooo yeiiii, why didnt i continue playing football, mmhhh)-Fact 3. Sometimes a player needs self belief,self confidence etc when he is down. B Jet needs to believe he can score goals again, whether if it is gutter to gutter or triangular games. This would help him build his mental matters. 4. I do not think the league is CRAP as people make it sound. Very soon the force will be with the ASIANS. I hope you have now seen the light. Sorry if i was too harsh earlier.
  • mukmin says:
    November 30, 2012 10:28 pm
    Gyan is only prolific against lesser competition when he was in europe his record was 51 goals in 174 appearances his record speaks for itself that's approximately 1 goal in 3 games. Scoring a basket full of goals in UAE is nothing special I bet Messi or even Eto'o would be able to score 200 goals a season in that league. Gyan is free to play where ever league he wants but this website is acting as if he achieving some incredible feat in a top league.
  • mukmin says:
    November 30, 2012 10:31 pm
    Well said D_LIGHT very insightful
  • Sergeant says:
    November 30, 2012 06:37 pm
    Well done & let the goals flow & make more money.Those who criticise you for scoring in a mediocre league would have done the same if you were not scoring.
  • kwamedenkyi says:
    November 30, 2012 06:59 pm
    easy league, easy scoring, easy tallying. Please return to the english premier league and emulate the same. I'll will respect you then.
  • Fu-Chu says:
    November 30, 2012 08:14 pm
    The UAE league is a joke. No respect for that league. Lately, whenever Gyan dons the national jersey, he scores 0 goals. That should tell you that the UAE is a joke. However, it is a smart move on his part because his career will be prolonged and he will make great money.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    November 30, 2012 07:19 pm
  • [email protected] says:
    November 30, 2012 07:20 pm
    Baby jet,keep it up b'cos futbal 4 money UAE OR UBA watever dey say dnt mind dem,GHANA NEEDS U 4 AFCON 2013 SUD AFRICA,best striker 4 b'stars player papapaa aa
  • real sabacious says:
    November 30, 2012 07:21 pm
    @sergeant pls i wish u could one day have the opportunity to watch the U.A.E and i bet u,u will hate it.its like second div.league in Ghana.i'll not be impress even if he Gyan score 50 goals bcos the league is nothing but a crap!
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    November 30, 2012 07:26 pm
    Mtchew!! He can can score 100 goals in the UAE Etilisat Pro League this seaon but it wont be recognized as a great feat.
  • kantoose says:
    November 30, 2012 08:46 pm
    aasamoah jet.. ghanamma moho3fe.. moadi first.. hahahaa keep doing the dance through these defenders.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    November 30, 2012 10:16 pm
  • D LIGHT says:
    November 30, 2012 10:25 pm
    Yaya Toure is the Highest paid player in the EPL wit a whooping £280,000 every week- minus the other add ons. He earned a pitance in his Monaco days , then jumped 50% more to earn £65k at Barca- which is 10k less than what Gyan earned at Sunderland. Now tell me who can be Poor earning £75k a week? Unless he is a Drug gagoon. Mikel Obi earns £120k a week which is equivalent to Gyans $200k a week pay. Did he hav to go to the Arab league to fetch that? Adebayor had this arab pirates chasing him for a mindblowing $350k, but he rejected em only to slash his £180k to £110k just to play for Tot'ham. Not 4geting Anzhi Machaskala, who wanted him on £280k a week pay. Do u call him stupid? What of the Hottest property today... RADAMEL FALCAO? He earns €75k at athletico. Imagine how much he will earn if he submits to the Arab pressure. Do u think he is not wise too? Money was never a bedrock in the games invention. It was never the reason why the likes of Osei Kofi's, Babayara, George Best, Butragueno's, Dennis violent, Puskas n etc kicked the ball. It was never the drive of George weah, eto'o, Abedi, Ronaldo, Messi n etc to play the sports. THEY luv the sports and only wanted to b the remain competive and rock their fans wit joy. This Passion and enthusiasm is wat elevated em to this level. They are just not only the Richest...but also awards winners, legends & champs in the Heart of everyone. They affects the life of every one... 2day everybody Luv football b'cos of two geniuses who were xtremely poor in their past life. CRISTIANO lost his father at a young age and had to survive using his talent. Messi likewise hav to battle his health problems and his talent was his Escape. But none of em went mediocre & cheap b'cos of their VISION. 2day the only day Terrorism & Al Qaeda Bombing Stops is when this Greats lock-horns in a CLASSICO match. That is how far the game has gone!