Asamoah Gyan’s Background
Asamoah Gyan is a Ghanaian footballer and former captain of the Ghanaian National Men’s Team, otherwise known as the Black Stars of Ghana. He last played professionally as a lone striker for Legon Cities FC, an Accra based football club in the Ghanaian Premier League.
While Gyan is known globally as a centre forward who could pull remarkable goals. He is however less known for being a successful entrepreneur with sprawling businesses across his home country, Ghana. These investments he has channelled some of career earnings into are actively contributing to the economy and human capital development in the West African nation.
In 2017, Gyan was reportedly earning £227,000 weekly when he joined Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League, making him one of the highest-earning players in the world at that time.
Asamoah Gyan is estimated to be worth $25million with most of his wealth coming from football wages, image rights, sponsorships, endorsements as well as other investments outside football.
Asamoah Gyan’s Parents And Early Life
Born to Baffuor Gyan Mensah and Cecilia Amoako in Accra on the 22nd November in 1985, Asamoah Gyan started playing professionally in 2003 with Liberty Professionals, a local football club before he departed for Europe in the same year to joined Italian side, Udinese.
Asamoah Gyan’s Football Career
He signed for Udinese in 2003 from Ghanaian club Liberty Professionals located in Accra. Gyan spent two years on loan at Serie B club Modena to gain match experience.
Gyan churned out some impressive displays on the field of play during in the course of the 2006 World Cup where he represented the Black Stars, he had a stream of offers from notable clubs across Europe thereafter especially from Russian-based club, Locomotive Moscow.
Following on a fruitless discussion with the Gyan’s representatives, Udinese turned down the deal that would have seen Gyan depart the club in January 2007.
In the summer of 2008, Gyan penned a four-year deal with Stade Rennais FC in the French Ligue 1 paid €8million to have his service. With Rennais, Gyan netted 14 times in 48 games, averaging 4 goals in every 30minutes.
Gyan only lasted a few seasons at Rennais with a combined 56 appearances for the club. He afterwards departed to Sunderland in the English Premiership and then to Al Ain before heading to the Chinese League with Shanghai where he became one of the highest paid players globally. Gyan subsequently played in Turkey for Kayserispor and North East United in the India league respectively.
On the international scene, Gyan’s popularity soared after several phenomenal display at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, helping the Ghanaian team reach the quarter-finals for the first time. It however came to a sad end as they were knocked out by Uruguay. And much more devastating was the fact that Gyan was responsible for the penalty miss that crashed his home country’s hope of progressing in the tournament.
Football Facts About Asamoah Gyan
With 51 International goals, Gyan holds the record as the all-time goalscorer of the Black Stars.
He appeared in three World Cup tournaments for Ghana in 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World netting 6 goals which made him Africa;s highest goalscorer ever in the history of the World Cup.
Gyan played for the Black Stars in seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and was also at the 2014 Summer Olympic Games.
Asamoah Gyan’s Wife, Kids, Brother And Family
Asamoah Gyan married his wife, Gifty Gyan in 2017. His brother Baffour Gyan was also a professional footballerbut only had a short stint in club football in Europe as well as the Ghanaian national team. Gyan also has three sons: Raphael, Fredrick and Floyd Gyan.
Asamoah Gyan’s Net Worth
Asamoah Gyan is currently worth an estimated $25million and he is one of the richest footballers out of Africa.