Asamoah Gyan has claimed that he deserves the highest respect for the sacrifices he has made for the national team.
The former Ghana captain has scored 51 goals in 109 games, making him the country’s top scorer and Africa’s leading scorer in the World Cup with six goals.
He made his debut in 2003 at the age of 17 and became a key player for the Black Stars, wearing the captain’s armband for several years.
He led Ghana to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he became the first African player to score in three consecutive tournaments.
However, he has also faced a lot of criticism for some crucial misses, especially his penalty miss in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay.
Ghana could have made history as the first African team to reach the semi-final, but Gyan’s shot hit the crossbar in the last minute of extra time after Luis Suarez was sent off for a handball on the line.
In an interview with Asempa FM, Gyan shared his view, saying, “I always say that there are no players in Ghana’s history who have made more sacrifices than me. I don’t see any player. Everybody knows it, even those at the GFA know. When you talk about sacrifices, I know what I’m talking about. The Black Stars [Ghana’s national team] was always on my heart. I made sure I did everything to contribute whenever I represented the national team.”
The 37-year-old, who has played for clubs like Sunderland and Al Ain, also said that he is not done with his career, despite being without a club for over two years. He said he has been working on his fitness and scouting players, but he is still eager to play again.