FOOTBALL NEWS: THE SHORTEST RETIREMENT IN THE WORLD
Ghanaians have been dealing with the shockwave of the retirement of a successful striker Asamoah Gyan. Gyans decision to retire from his position at the Ghana National Team was met with mixed feelings, some people were upset and angered so many fans.
He must have gained so much value throughout his career that the president forced him back to the game. Let’s now talk about the protagonist of the story: Asamoah Gyan.
At the age of 17, he signed for the Italian football team Udinese while also temporarily playing at another Italian club called Modena. He appeared in the 2006 World Cup, which increased his fame and attracted the attention of other football clubs in Europe.
The Russian Lokomotiv Moscow was among the clubs that wanted to sign a deal with him. Instead, he decided to extend his stay at Udinese by signing a 5-year contract.
In 2008, he was transferred to the French football team Stade Rennais. He was more active in the season 2009-2010, scoring 13 league goals in 48 games. His stay in Stade Rennais was short-lived and he signed another deal with Sunderland, his first deal with a Premier League club.
The season 2010-2011 was a golden one for him since he scored the majority of the goals in the League Cup against Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Stoke City.
He spent a temporary season in UAE’s Al Ain FC, during which he scored 22 goals. The following year, he signed another contract with Al Ain as the top goal-scorer. Although he had extended his stay until 2018, he decided to leave Al Ain for Chinese Super League club Shanghani SIPG.
His weekly salary made him one of the highest earning football players in the world. As of 2017, he was still a striker at the Turkish club Kayserispor.
His international career was just as bright and eventful. In 2006, he became the very first and the youngest player to score for Ghana in FIFA World Cup, with four goals in seven matches. He appeared in 2008 and 2010 African Cup of Nations and scored many penalties.
In 2010’s World Cup, he successfully scored against Serbia and Australia, carrying the team up the tournament’s quarter final, although the team got defeated by Uruguay later on. In 2014, he was the captain of Ghana’s Black Stars, the team played with United States, Portugal and a tie against Germany.
A few weeks ago, he was replaced by Andre Ayew as Ghana’s team captain by the coach. Gyan made a decision to retire from international football. Whatever his decision was based on, we’re not interested. We just don’t want him to retire.
Interestingly, he was later convinced by the President Nana Akufo-Addo to reverse his decision in less than 24 hours after his initial announcement. He is currently preparing for the next African Cup of Nations.
The football legend took to his social media with the press release and the message below
‘A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded. I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy. 🙏🙏’ We’re glad he’s back!
Besides his football career, he has been hosting boxing events, encouraging young boxers from Ghana to participate the events. He loves singing as well.
Photo Credit: Asamoah Gyan