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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan rated one of world's 50 best footballers

Published on: 29 July 2014
Asamoah Gyan

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has thanked his colleagues at club and country for his inclusion in’s ‘Goal 50’, an annual list compiled by the international football website.

The Al Ain striker was this week voted as the 35th-best player in the world for 2013/14 because of his contributions to the UAE side and to Ghana, in his role as national team captain.

Last season, Gyan scored 45 goals for Al Ain across all competitions, including the winner in May’s President’s Cup final. Currently, he is top scorer in the 2014 Asian Champions League.

Gyan has transferred that form to the international scene, netting seven times in his past 10 matches for Ghana. He scored two goals at last month’s Fifa World Cup to become the most prolific African in finals history.

Having made the Goal 50 – the list is voted by editors from Goal’s 35 editions – Gyan paid tribute to teammates at Al Ain and Ghana.

“Without them I couldn’t have achieved this,” he told “I’m very happy to have been selected in this important list. Being considered one of the top players in the world is a great achievement.

“I’m happy, but I didn’t do this alone. I thank everybody for their support. Working hard is the secret to my success – that is advice I would give to all individuals.”

Gyan is the only Ghanaian included, and is the third highest-placed African behind Yaya Toure, the Ivory Coast midfielder, and Vincent Enyeama, the Nigeria goalkeeper.

“It is a big honour,” Gyan said. “I’m extremely happy and it means a lot to me that my performances are being recognised. I want to dedicate this wonderful award to my late mum, my teammates, my club, my family and friends, and above all my missing friend Castro.”




This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Paajim says:
    August 02, 2014 01:47 pm
    Look here ,OGYA as you called yourself you are one of those BLINGFOLDED PEOPLE who do not know thier left or right you talk from your ass. Do you have a proof, did you see him pushing castro in to the water? Did Gyan ride on the same motor sky scooter? why do you people talk as if you do not have heads. Any Insane person gets up and write some foolish thing to the media. Take care of what you write it will bring you a BIG trouble.
  • FIFA ONE says:
    July 29, 2014 03:25 pm
    Where are the critics of Asamoah Gyan? Where are the people who say's South African League is even better than UAE league and therefore Gyan is a flop because he is not playing in any better league. Come on, all his critics, this guy have prove it in two world cups, in UAE league, in Asian Champions League, in the national team and did it in England, what then do you people (His Critics) want him to do again? jealousy go kill you all.
  • DOGO says:
    July 29, 2014 03:57 pm
    Fifa one say tht again and again. I dont even know what they want from Gyan. Do u know it shows their ignorance, cos any one with good head will love their star man doing the real work home for the love of the country than them thinking about some fucking prove in europ. What is the point if he plays madrid and does nothing. Afterall he has all the records broken with his best club infact the best club cos if those in tht fucking hyped EPL and so on are not able to do that then whats are problem kraaa.
  • NII-BI says:
    July 29, 2014 01:46 pm
    The betterpart of your life has not being seen yet. i wish you God's grace and strength to surge forward young man!!!
  • Dr Who says:
    July 29, 2014 02:07 pm
    thos makes Gyan african best striker bcos Yaya and Enyiema are not strikers.
  • OGYA says:
    July 30, 2014 09:21 am
    Gyan is not that great, give us a break. He needs to be arrested for murdering Castro.
  • Mumbi says:
    July 30, 2014 08:09 am
    Usless overhyped player! Mweene sent him into retirement in 2012 but U begged his ass to return. Trophyless donkeys! always begging 4 who to play 4 them. No wonder some few reasonable Ghanaians are runing away from you gay nation and seek 4 asylum somewhere.
  • Dii Kay says:
    July 30, 2014 08:31 am
    I am very happy for Gyan. I believe this achievement will empower him to do greater things for our mother Gh.
  • awass says:
    July 29, 2014 08:21 pm
    once again **** all haters......!!!!
  • Frimpong Isaac says:
    July 30, 2014 03:39 pm
    Yes that is my Gyan