Football fans across the world are paying tribute to Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan who announced his international retirement on Monday.
The news which comes a month before the start of the African Nations Cup, follows shortly after he was removed as the national team’s captain.
Striker Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.
“Upon consultation with my family and team, and as an active footballer and captain of the national team, if the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team (squad) of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” Gyan said in a statement.
“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently,” he said.
The 33-year-old netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances, both Ghana national team records, which includes scoring at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.
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Asamoah Gyan has a good claim as one of the most potent Ghana striker at international level.
Here are the numbers.#3Sports1,1837:59 PM – May 20, 2019 · Accra, Ghana305 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
Asamoah Gyan served Ghana wholeheartedly.
He deserves some accolades.
Statistics do not lie!!3,56711:33 PM – May 20, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy458 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter
Asamoah Gyan, indeed you’ve really paid your dues for Ghana .
We can’t talk Ghana football without you.
You’ve really been through a lot.
Well done, BABY JET.
I will never forget your first goal in that world cup against the Czech Republic 947:41 PM – May 20, 2019 · Oyarifa, Ghana18 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacyView image on Twitter