A Ghanaian legend and one of the only strikers to have ever donned the number three on his back, mention the name Asamoah Gyan to anyone associated with Sunderland you’ll see a smile or two.
The popular striker spent a short but memorable spell at the Stadium of Light in which he bagged 11 goals in 37 games for the Black Cats, thus endearing himself to the Sunderland faithful in the process.
Arriving after he had experienced such heartache at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with his native Ghana – Gyan unfortunately suffered the ignominy of smashing his last gasp penalty, to win the game, against the bar thus leading to Uruguay’s somewhat undeserved victory in the quarter finals – the striker took the Premier League by storm, notching 10 league goals and helping the club to a respectable 10th place finish in the process.
Eventually he departed for pastures new with Al-Ain FC of the UAE in 2013, before then moving even further afield to China to play for Shanghai SIPG in a spell, which lasted just one year.
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It is fair to say the player never really settled after that with Gyan then venturing back to the UAE for a spell with Al-Ahli before trying his hand in Turkey with Kayserispor, a measly return of nine goals then led the Accra born forward to India, for whom he turned out for NorthEast United FC, plundering a respectable four goals in eight games.
At the age of 34 it was now time for Gyan to return to his homeland, and that as such is where he now resides, having recently signed for Legon Cities FC – a member of the Ghanaian first division and the likely final destination of Gyan’s fluorescent club career.
Here we go. I’m back home to continue my career with @legoncitiesfc. I’m happy to join this club because they have a future plan for Ghana football. Don’t blink when the season starts. Follow my new club for every details of the club. Thanks for your support 💪💪💪🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/HlppSmxRVs
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) November 1, 2020
With 51 goals in 107 games for his country, Gyan will always be remembered for being the player that made the people of his country dream and those on Wearside sing:
“When the ball hits the net, and it’s not Darren Bent, Asamoahhhhhh!”