Dynamic. Powerful. Unpredictable. These are the words that would best describe Sulley Muntari’s spell in English football, with the Ghanaian midfielder having turned out for both Sunderland and Portsmouth during his stints in this country.
Best known for his box-to-box energy and long range shooting ability, Muntari’s career has taken him to various corners of Europe, with the Konongo born player having won the UEFA Champions League, Serie A and the FA Cup along the way.
Arriving as a largely unknown quantity from Italian side Udinese, Muntari quickly established himself as key part of Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth side, forming a solid midfielder partnership with Lassana Diarra.
It was this strong form that would attract the attentions of Inter Milan, who were quick to snap up the Ghana international in the summer of 2008, with the versatile central player being utilised heavily under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.
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It was at the San Siro that Muntari would become a European champion as he became a key squad member under the enigmatic Portuguese manager.
However in January 2011, following Mourinho’s departure to Real Madrid, the Ghanaian submitted an official transfer request, which then led to his short lived loan spell with Sunderland.
As a result Muntari only turned out for the Black Cats on just nine occasions, with the North East club unsurprisingly refusing to take up the option of making his stay at the Stadium of Light permanent.
The midfielder then took a career step that not too many players have taken before by swapping the blue side of Milan for the red side as he moved to Inter’s arch rivals as part of another loan move.
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After three largely uneventful years with the Rossoneri, Muntari was then released in 2015, before moving further afield to Ittihad of the Saudi Premier League before then returning to Italy after one season to join Pescara.
But the Ghanaian’s European tour wasn’t finished there as he managed to shoe horn short spells with Spanish outfits Deportivo La Coruña and Albacete before hanging up his boots in the summer of 2019.
A typical Mourinho signing, Muntari will be well remembered for his tenacious style of play, with his love for the physical side of the game shining through in a career that was filled as much with success as it was with controversy.