Asamoah Gyan surprised fans on Tuesday by announcing his retirement from football, bringing an end to a nearly 20-year career.

His retirement has been met with an outpouring of love and admiration, demonstrating the indelible mark he has left on the football landscape of the country.

Gyan’s legacy extends far beyond his exceptional goal-scoring ability and skills. Throughout his career, he demonstrated unwavering determination and unrivalled passion for the game, earning him a special place in fans’ hearts.

Gyan’s legendary journey began in 2003 when he made his professional debut for Liberty Professionals. He appeared in over 500 matches over the course of his career. His goal-scoring ability was equally impressive, with over 250 goals to his credit.

Gyan’s career is littered with memorable moments that have indelibly etched his name in football history. Here are just a few.

Gyan scores Ghana’s first World Cup

Back in 2006, Asamoah Gyan was still finding his feet, particularly in the Black Stars. Despite being young, Gyan had already shown flashes of brilliance, earning him a spot in Ghana’s first-ever World Cup squad. He was the team’s second youngest player (20 years), only a few months older than Haminu Dramani. However, this did not prevent him from leaving an indelible mark.

During that historic World Cup campaign, Gyan made history by scoring the country’s first-ever World Cup goal. Gyan displayed exceptional control in a defining moment, which was quickly followed by an unstoppable low shot that left former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech stunned as the ball hit the back of the net.

This unforgettable goal not only demonstrated Gyan’s technical prowess but also his ability to rise to the occasion on the grandest stage of international football. It was a testament to his potential and the start of a remarkable career that would captivate fans all over the world.

Gyan sets World Cup record 

Eight years after his memorable debut World Cup goal, Gyan etched his name in history once more. Gyan made history by becoming the World Cup’s highest-scoring African player in 2014.

Gyan scored in Ghana’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Germany. With that goal, he broke the previous record held by Cameroonian legend Roger Milla and established himself as the most prolific African goalscorer in World Cup history.

source: tv3news.

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