On Monday, May 20, 2019, Asamoah Gyan announced his decision to retire from international football after 16 years of wearing the national colours.
Gyan’s decision comes one month to the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt.
Gyan made his Black Stars debut in 2003 - he capped 106 times, scoring 51 goals in the process.
He will always be in the hearts and minds of Ghanaians for his contribution to Ghana football.
As he retires from the national team, YEN.com.gh has picked five moments Gyan won the heart of Ghanaians.
1. 2006 World Cup:
The Black Stars qualified for their first ever world cup in 2006, which was staged in Germany.
Ghana went into the competition with less experience. Ghana lost 2-0 in their first game against Italy.
In the second game, against then number 2 world ranked team, Czech Republic, all hope was lost but Gyan proved his worth by scoring Ghana’s first goal at the world cup.
At the end of the game, Ghana won 2-0.
2. 2010 World Cup:
Ghana qualified for their second world cup in 2010 in South Africa.
Ghana managed to qualify to the next round of the competition and they were billed to face USA.
The regulation time ended 1-1 and in extra time, Gyan scored the winning goal for Ghana.
3. Asamoah Gyan achieves landmark 50 international goals:
The skipper of the Ghana Black Stars scored 50 goals for the Ghana Black Stars in June 2017. The goal scored by the 34-year-old was recorded against Ethiopia.
That was Ghana’s returnee head coach James Kwesi Appiah’s first competitive game with the Black Stars on his second stint at coaching the senior side.
4. Africa’s all-time scorer at the World Cup:
Asamoah Gyan holds the record as the only African player to have scored more goals.
He has scored six goals so far, reigning supreme over Roger Milla and Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon and Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa.
5. Brace against Egypt in 2014 World Cup qualifier:
On October 15, 2013, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana thrashed Egypt 6-1 in the first leg qualifier.
On the day, the person who won the heart of Ghanaians most was Asamoah Gyan as he bagged two goals in the game.
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