Ghana’s all-time scorer, Asamoah Gyan as announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.
Gyan confirmed his decision when he gave a speech at the 30th Afrximbank Annual General Meeting at the Accra Conference Centre on June 20, 2023.
In a statement confirming the decision, Gyan said: “…OFFICIALLY, As | END my speech, Mr. President, Ministers of State, members of the board, fellow Speakers, nananom, nim3, naam3, l want to take this great opportunity, a stage that is difficult in every footballer’s career, a moment all footballers do not wish, but when nature dawns, that thin voice will keep echoing into the ears…
“IT IS TIME.. that voice has been clear in my ears, and I have succumbed to it. IT IS TIME. IT IS TIME TO HANG THE JERSEY AND BOOTS IN GLORY as 1 retire officially from active football, …but then again, I am minded by views shared by great businesses men and sporting gurus, “YOU DO NOT LEAVE YOUR LOVE…… together with my management, we will continue encouraging and push young talents as we did recently with BABYJET U16 AFRICAN TOURNAMENT where 1,200 young players across West Africa exhibited their talents on live TV.
“Again, I will put my experience and knowledge to use in the field of coaching, football business and scouting. I want to thank my be-loved country GHANA, my family, my colleagues from school, those from colts and Blackstar from 2002 to date, club mates, coaches and everybody who has played a role in my career as a footballer. I say. Thank you…. May God bless us all,” the statement ended.
Asamoah began his career in 2003 with Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals. He went on to play Udinese, Modena, Stade Rennes, Sunderland, Al Ain, Shanghai SIPG, Al Ahli Dubai, Kayserispor, NorthEast United and most recently Legon Cities.
Gyan made a combine 417 appearances for the aforementioned teams and scored 216 goal. He won the UAE Pro League three times, the UAE President Cup and the UAE Super Cup.
At international level, Asamoah Gyan made 109 appearances for the Ghana national team and scored 51 goals. He represented the team at multiple Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments and also at the World Cup in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Asamoah Gyan’s incredible display for club and country personally won him the BBC African Player of year award in 2010, Ghana Player of the Year in 2010 and 2014.
He also appeared in the CAF Team of the Year in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Gyan won many more individual awards and has numerous records to his name, including the African player with the most goals at the World Cup (6).
Asamoah Gyan hangs his boots as one of the best players Ghana and the African continent has ever produced.