World football governing body, FIFA has included Kwadwo Asamoah’s trivela assist “a pass using the side foot” in the 2014 final World Cup group game against Portugal amongst the greatest assists in the history of the World Cup.
With Ghana losing 1-0 to Portugal courtesy a John Boye own goal. Kwadwo Asamoah in the 57th minute after receiving the ball on the left flank sent in a trivela cross with his left foot. Gyan leapt high and headed the ball into the net to make it 1-1.
However, Ghana conceded again in the 81st minute through a Cristiano Ronaldo goal and went on to lose 2-1, exiting the competition in the group stages for the first time.
In a Twitter post, FIFA celebrated the assist it regarded amongst the best assist in the history of the competition with the caption: “This pass was dripping with sauces.”
Just recently, Modric’s trivela assist in the 2nd leg of the quarter-final of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League against Chelsea drew comparison to that of Kwadwo Asamoah.
Wadding into the debate, Asamoah Gyan who benefited from the exquisite pass from Kwadwo Asamoah stated that Kwadwo Asamoah’s technique was more difficult to execute.
“If modric had used the outside foot to cross from the right side of the pitch then you can compare to Kwadwo’s cross. So all I will (say) is Kwadwo’s cross was very difficult. Modric’s cross was easy because he used the outside right foot on the left side of the pitch,” Gyan wrote on Twitter.