Ghanaian footballers have played football in Europe significantly since the 1980s.
One way in which Ghanaians measure if their heroes are appreciated by Europeans is whether they are captains of their teams.
Hundreds of Ghanaians, if not thousands, have played professional football in Europe since the 80s and one way in which Ghanaians measure if our players are appreciated, is if these players have risen to the role of captain.
A captain is a big role in any football team. A coach may be in-charge of inspiring a team but a captain is the coach's mind and voice on the pitch.
A captain needs to bring his or her players together and this requires that they have the respect of everyone.
These current and ex professional Ghana players managed to be the substantive captains at elite European sides.
1. Tony Yeboah
Tony Yeboah became the first ever African captain of a German football team when "Yegola" took the armband for Eintracht Frankfurt.
He is also respected as a club legend for the many goals he scored.
2. C.K. Akunnor
Charles Akunnor played for many top European clubs and managed to captain Vfl Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga.
He was an instant club favourite owing to his tireless performances.
3. John Mensah
In order to keep the then in-form Ghana player, Stade Rennes made John Mensah captain of the French Ligue 1 side. Mensah was loved at Rennes because of his no-nonsense style.
In a rather short spell at Rennes, Mensah was thought to be one of the best defenders in France.
4. Issah Ahmed
Issah Gabriel Ahmed is one of those Ghanaian footballers who never had the stardust to become a household name. But he was respected enough at Randers FC in Denmark so that he captained the club.
5. Adam Kwarasey
Adam Kwarasey is the only footballer on this list still strutting his stuff. He did not quite hit the heights with Ghana but the Norway-born goalie was captain of top-flight side Stromsgodset.
These days, he is manning the posts of Valerenga, also in the Norwegian top-flight.
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