Is Asamoah Gyan Africa’s greatest player in World Cup history? Well, he believes he is. And, why shouldn’t he if he is Africa’s all-time top scorer in the competition with six goals?
The 2010 BBC African Footballer of the year declared so during the Asamoah Online Press Conference organized by DSTV where different sports journalists on the continent engaged the former Black Stars captain.
“Numbers don’t lie,” Gyan said before adding; “I don’t want to talk about others but the numbers are there for everyone to see.”
Gyan, who recently acquired a UEFA coaching license, also feels he should have scored more than six goals at the World Cup.
“Of course, I had a chance to score more, I missed a penalty in the game against the Czech Republic, I had already scored twice,” Gyan noted.
Those two goals came with their landmarks; his first after just 68 seconds was the first goal of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
It was also Ghana’s first ever goal in the history of the World Cup, on their debut appearance as they went on to win 2-0.
At the 2010 edition in South Africa, Gyan scored a penalty in the 85th minute of Ghana’s opening game against Serbia as they cruised to a 1-0 win.
In Ghana’s second game, he scored a penalty in the 26th minute to level the scores and earn his team a 1–1 draw against Australia.
In the round of 16 match against the United States, he scored a goal in extra-time helping Ghana win 2–1.
That goal also sent them to the quarterfinals, becoming the third African team in history to get that far after Cameroon and Senegal.
There, Gyan had the opportunity to stretch his tally and break Africa’s quarterfinal jinx, when Ghana won a penalty late in extra time after Uruguay’s Luis Suarez handled the ball on the goal-line
His effort hit the woodwork and Ghana would later lose the game on post-match spot-kicks 4-2.
At his last World Cup in Brazil, Gyan scored his fifth goal of the coveted competition, in a 2-2 draw with Germany, equaling Roger Milla’s record.
His goal in the 2-1 defeat against Portugal opened a new chapter for Africa at the World Cup, as he became the competition’s all-time top-scorer.
And because of that, he will rightly insist “numbers don’t like” when asked where he ranks among the African players who have featured at the World Cup.