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Famous Birthdays: Legend, Asamoah Gyan Celebrates Another Year Featured

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Today is the 36th birthday of former Black Stars Captain - Asamoah Gyan - Ghana's national team all-time leading goal scorer (51 goals) with 109 caps. He became a member of the Ghanaian national team in 2003.

Gyan joined Al Alin in 2012 after spending two years with Sunderland. On 1 November 2020, Gyan returned to Ghana to join Legon Cities after 17 year absence.

 

Early Years

Gyan began his career in 2003 with Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals scoring a prolific ten goals in sixteen matches. He then spent three seasons with Serie A club Udinese via two seasons loan at Modena, netting on fifteen occasions in fifty-three league matches and at Udinese where he scored eleven times in thirty-nine league matches.

 

He also had a two season stint with French Ligue 1 club Rennes (2008-2010) before joining Sunderland in the PL.

 

Gyan was almost signed by the Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.

 

FOOTBALL TRIVIA

 

He represented Ghana at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 FIFA World Cups. With 6 goals he is the top African goal scorer in the history of the World Cup. Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in six Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, helping Ghana finish in third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.

 

His three goals helped Ghana advance to the quarter-finals against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup, but a critical penalty kick miss sealed the loss for his side.

 

FAMILY LIFE AND MORE

 

Asamoah Gyan was born in Accra, Ghana.

 

He's the third born of his family born to Mr. George Baffour Mensah Gyan, an accountant and the late Madam Cecila Gyan Baffour Mensah (Nee Cecilia Love Amoako), an educationist.

 

Gyan is the founder of Gyan Investments Ghana Limited (GIGL).

 

Baby Jet Promotions is a subsidiary of Gyan Investment Ghana Limited.

 

As of October 2017, Asamoah Gyan has been granted an Air Carrier Licence (ACL) by the Ghanaian Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). According to the Ghana News Agency, the start-up is named Baby Jet Airlines. With the license in hand, the start-up is now permitted to begin with its AOC certification drive.

 

Special mention

As a humanitarian, he has doled out many donations, the most recent being an impressive $7000 to 13-year-old young Ghanaian born American boxer Joseph Awiningya Junior.

 

He previously donated $30,000.00 to the Black Queens (Ghana’s national female team) for their 2015 All Africa Games gold-winning feat on his 30th birthday.

 

By: Pascal Nii Gogo Amoah 

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