Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has seen it all when it comes to international football. The striker has been the Black Stars’ first-choice since making his debut in 2003.
However, he has been the subject of criticism from a section of Ghanaians after a poor run of form for the national team.
Gyan's 51 goals for Ghana makes him the nation’s all-time top scorer and perhaps the most lethal forward to ever feature for the Black Stars.
The Kayserispor striker has always shown his commitment to the nation by making so many sacrifices, including sometimes playing through the pain.
That notwithstanding, his form in recent times has been a source of worry, with is fitness also very much in question.
In truth, Gyan is no longer the powerful and exuberant striker that the world saw between 2008 and 2014.
He has struggled to replicate his form of old, and perhaps it’s high time he considers his national team career.
At 31, he will have nothing to lose, having played at three world cups, multiple African Cup of Nations, and currently holding the record for most goals by an African player at the world cup.
Here are three reasons why YEN thinks Asamoah Gyan should consider retiring from the Black Stars:
1. To prolong his club career
Asamoah Gyan's decline in the last two years has largely been down to the frequently injuries he suffered.
The Kayerispor striker has therefore found it very difficult to combine club football and international assignments, as shown in recent times.
At 31, he should be thinking about focusing more on his club career now, especially when age is not on his side.
He will be better served prolonging his club career than continuing with the national team which would definitely be a demanding task for every player in Gyan's position right now.
2. To give a chance to younger Black Stars strikers
There are a lot of players currently knocking on the doors of the Black Stars but have not had the opportunity due to the presence of Gyan.
The 31-year-old has been the Black Stars' go-to man for the past decade and he rightly deserves his place in the history of Ghana football.
However, Gyan has just not come to the party in recent times. His form with the national team has been on the wane, with his influence on games also not as telling as it used to be.
With players like Raphael Dwamena, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and others lurking, perhaps it is time to give way to new faces to get their fair chance in the Black Stars forward role.
3. End when the applause is high
There is a saying that a hero that does not know when to leave the scene ends up ruining his own deeds.
Gyan is currently commanding a hero status, but he risks losing that if he ends his international career on a low.
The striker has received criticism from the Ghanaian public all his life and has usually responded with goals - important ones - on the pitch.
But with his obvious decline in form, that may no longer be the case. He is currently Ghana's all-time top scorer with 51 goals, but he will save himself from all the criticisms if he ends his international career on the high.