For those who know Asamoah Gyan, they know him only as a prolific Ghanaian player and the current captain of the Black Stars of Ghana. However, mentioning Asamoah Gyan to some brings back the sad memories of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This Ghanaian player had all the hopes of Africans pegged on him, but things did not work out when it mattered most. He then let fate dictate his direction.
Despite the unfortunate event, Asamoah is one of the finest soccer players of the continent. He has also emerged on the field as stylish, thanks to his signature number 3 hair cut. This same number also appears on his national jersey. Besides his success in the field, there is a lot about Asamoah Gyan outside the pitch that you need to know. This article looks at the life of this famous player and unearths his net worth and the businesses he owns. If the 2010 World Cup event made you hate him, the contents of this article will give you something to smile about him.
About Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan was born in November 22nd, 1985 in Accra, Greater Accra Region of Ghana. He is a son to Baffuor Gyan Mensah, his father, and Cecilia Amoako, his mother. He is married to Gifty. Gifty, his wife is a well hidden part of his life since Asamoah Gyan has kept his family private. He has three sons named; Floyd Gyan, Rafael Gyan, and Frederick Gyan.
Asamoah Gyan kick-started his football career in 2003 when he was playing for Liberty Professional, a team playing in the Ghanaian Premier League. He was quite impressive as a player during his period there netting about 10 goals in his 16 appearances for the club. His performance lured a series ‘A’ club Udinese in Italy where he went next to play start off international football. He spent only 3 seasons at Udinese, one season playing for Udinese and was loaned out to Modena. At his spell at Modena, the Ghanaian player scored 15 goals in the 53 appearances he made for the club. As Udinese player, Gyan made 39 notable appearances in which he scored an accumulative 11 goals.
Asamoah Gyan's soccer star kept shining even brighter when he joined Ligue 1 side, Rennes in 2008. At Rennes, he played 48 league matches scoring a record 14 times.
After the 2010 world cup, the player’s outstanding performance elicited interests from English premier league teams among the Sunderland. Sunderland had to break the club’s record transfer fee to acquire the services of this man, who would become their talisman. However, Asamoah Gyan did not spend a lot of time at Sunderland, he played there for only 2 seasons and was out. Remarkably, his time there was marked by 10 league goals for his 34 appearances.
Gyan moved to United Arab Emirate Pro-League in 2011 to play for Al Ain on loan from Sunderland. His first year at Al Ain saw him become the top scorer in the league scoring 24 goals in 27 games for the club. In 2012, he permanently joined Al Ain, and in addition to retaining the top score supremacy, he assisted the club to retain the league cup. In that season, Asamoah Gyan scored 28 goals in 32 league appearances. His scoring record kept improving with seasons. In 2012/13 he made an impressive 44 goals in 40 matches.
In 2015, Asamoah Gyan left Al Ain and joined Chinese super league. He joined Shanghai SIPG. Though the transfer fee remains undisclosed, Shanghai SIPG made him rank top among the highest paid players on the globe. Asamoah Gyan salary was about £ 227000 in a week. He went back to United Arab Emirate Pro-League, this time round as a player of Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai. He played for them in the 2016/17 season. The following year, the Ghanaian soccer team captain joined Keyserispor of Turkey where he plays currently.
There is quite a lot that can be said about Asamoah Gyan. However, his contribution to the Black Stars of Ghana outweighs almost everything else to his fans. In 2003, he scored in his first senior international debut against Somalia. He has capped the Ghanaian team in a number of tournaments including:
- 2004 Summer Olympics
- 3 FIFA world cups in 2006
- 2010 and 2014 and
- 7 African continental tournament (AFCON) in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
As an achievement, Asamoah Gyan is the highest African goal scorer in the world cup. He has scored a total 6 goals in all the 3 world cups he has represented Ghana.
Asamoah Gyan net worth
Shanghai SIPG of the Chinese Super league thrust Asamoah Gyan into the list of the highest paid players on the globe. As much as this made a negligible change on the list of the highest paid players in Africa leave alone the world, he turned out to be the highest paid players in Ghana making a whopping £ 22700 a week. Currently, he emerges top on the list of the richest footballers in Ghana.
Asamoah Gyan net worth is estimated at $ 23 Million. Most of this net worth is from his involvement in businesses outside the pitch. He owns McCarthy Hill House, a mansion worth $ 3 Million and drives a Phantom car which is manufactured by Roll Royce. The vehicle is valued at £ 400000. Previously, Asamoah Gyan owned a fleet of cars among them Mercedes Benz and Bugatti.
His previous football deals have seen the player raise a mind-boggling sum of money. Here is a list of the contracts.
- His transfer to Sunderland saw him bag a deal worth $ 13 Million.
- In his current club, the Ghana captain takes home £ 227000 a week
The two deals increased his net worth tremendously.
Asamoah Gyan business in Ghana
The entrepreneurial abilities of Asamoah Gyan would surprise many. His fans only know him for what he does on the pitch. Amazingly as he is with the ball, Asamoah Gyan has made a remarkable contribution to the economy of Ghana. With influence and money, the Ghanaian Captain invests in income generating protects. He has many businesses in Ghana which come in the form of companies. He is a shrewd business man in addition to being a talented player. Chances are that Asamoah will be able to maintain his lifestyle long after he has retired. Asamoah Gyan is different from most football players who have ended up poor when they stopped playing soccer. With his diversified thinking, he has his money invested in various businesses that would keep him relevant in Ghana long after he has stopped playing soccer.
Asamoah Gyan companies
In a move interpreted as one to quench his entrepreneurial spirit, Asamoah Gyan has established various companies within Ghana. This initiative has seen the striker create employment opportunities for some of the Ghanaian population enabling them to earn income to sustain their livelihood. These are the companies owned by Asamoah Gyan under the umbrella name Gyan group of companies.
1. Filtered water Company
Asamoah Gyan has penetrated the market of purified water. Under the name of his company, Paradise Pac Drinking water, he has managed to compete with existing water companies such as Ice Pak mineral water Ghana and Special Ice. His filtered water company produces sachets and bottled water, enabling it to keep in pace with the others in the market.
2. Events and Logistic Company
JetLink, as the name of the company goes; is one of the Asamoah Gyan's companies. This company comes to solve Ghanaian issues that deal with the construction of stages, public address systems, tents, lights, LEDs screens and trusses for all events. JetLink events and Logistic makes the tedious activity of event organizing a thing of the past.
3. Airline services
Asamoah Gyan has been licensed to operate an airline in Ghana. Asamoah Gyan airline commenced operations in 2017 at the African Airshow at the Kotoka International Airport. Baby Jet airline, as it is commonly known, started operations as a cargo handler. The airline operates as an international and sub-region airline.
4. Mama Vits Noodles and Rice
To add to the list of his companies, is this food company, Mama Vits Noodles, and Rice. The company imports rice and sells it in Ghana. The importation makes noodle and rice available to his fellow citizens.
5. ASA Music Band Company
Gyan has managed to penetrate into the music industry. The ASA band aids in developing talents in people with a musical passion. The band does this by training and coaching them.
6. Fuel Station
His entrepreneurial spirit has also led him into the energy sector. It is without a doubt that the petroleum industry is a profit generating entity. The Ghanaian star has invested wisely. He has built many gas and fuel stations across the country. The stations make fuel and gas accessible to Ghanaians.
7. Real Estate
Asamoah Gyan has invested in real estate. His investment in this sector has resulted to numerous buildings and apartments under his name. He rents out the buildings to people and companies, generating high income.
8. Baby Jet Promotion
Baby jet, as Gyan is often referred to, has infiltrated the Promotion industry in Ghana. The Baby Jet Promotion contributes a quota to the boxing industry in the country.
To supplement the music and entertainment company, the prolific striker has established a company that majorly deals with pub, clubs and event planning.
10. Transportation Business
In the Ghanaian transportation industry, the player has about 30 coach buses operating between Accra and Kumasi. The coach buses ferry people enabling easy communication and movement between the two points.
11. Mining Industry
Asamoah Gyan has ventured into this business segment as well. Currently, he has so many mines which specialize in the mining and processing of gold in Ghana. The mining business like its petroleum counterpart is highly lucrative.
Asamoah Gyan Foundation
Asamoah Gyan Foundation is a charity initiative by the striker to support the girl child education in Ghana and abroad. In addition to this, the foundation also seeks to provide water, health-related services to the youth and needy as well as offering sports opportunities to many talented youth. As part of the initiative, Asamoah Gyan Foundation established a football academy in honor of his mother. He also built hospitals in poor communities to provide improved health care.
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Asamoah Gyan private jet
Asamoah Gyan private jet had many talking. Some time back there was news trending on social media about how the football star got himself a private jet to fit in with the new society in Dubai. However, this just turned out to be mere rumors. With the trend that Asamoah keeps on, it may just come to pass some day. It is a dream worth keeping.
Asamoah Gyan as a public figure is a voice to reckon. His contribution to the Ghanaian nation does not stop at the pitch where he is the captain of the national team but it has transcends into various sectors of the nation’s economy. This way, he is able to help in generating revenue for the government of Ghana as well as offering employment opportunities to the general Ghana population. In addition to running his Gyan group of companies, the striker has set up Asamoah Gyan foundation which is a move to give back to the society. Through the foundation, the Black Star striker has set up football academies to develop young talents, enabled accessibility to improved health facilities to the less fortunate in the society and invested in the girl child education allowing them to study both in Ghana and abroad. His entrepreneurial spirit has seen the striker grow in net worth and expand his businesses.