Asamoah Gyan, Ghana’s record goalscorer has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.
He made the announcement during the 30th Afreximbank Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. Gyan earned 106 caps for his country and scored 51 goals.
A footballing legend in his homeland, he announced on Tuesday that he was retiring from the sport. “It’s a difficult stage in any player’s career, a moment when you have to decide whether to continue playing or retire,” Gyan said in a statement. “I have decided to retire from football.”
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 106 appearances for the Black Stars. He played for clubs including Sunderland, Al Ain and Kayserispor during his career.
Asamoah Gyan’s career highlights include scoring Ghana’s first-ever goal at a World Cup in 2006 4, being named BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2010 4, and being Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 106 appearances for the Black Stars.
Asamoah Gyan has also been involved in several controversies throughout his career. In 2014, he was stripped of the Ghana captaincy ahead of the World Cup in Brazil after he allegedly threatened to boycott the tournament over a dispute about appearance fees 4. In 2019, he was accused of having an affair with a Ghanaian businesswoman while still married to his wife.
Asamoah Gyan has been an inspiration to many young footballers in Ghana and across Africa. His retirement marks the end of an era for Ghanaian football and he will be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever come out of Africa.