List of the Top 10 Ghanaian Football Players
The Ghanaian national team is a recognized force on the African stage. It’s the third country with the most AFCON titles and a common presence in finals and semifinals of continental competitions. So many top Ghanaian players enjoying a successful career abroad could almost form their own team. This article will talk about the ten best Ghanaian footballers of all time.
Football is hugely popular in Ghana, and the country has a proud tradition of world-class nesting players in its domestic competitions. All players on this list have built award-winning careers in major European leagues in a moment or another.
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Three players are still active from the list below and are expected to reinforce the squad in the next competitions. Those are Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, and Sulley Muntari.
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Check below which players made history with the Black Star and keep amazing fans worldwide.
#10 – Stephen Appiah
Stephen Appiah has a whole life dedicated to the national team. He’s played for the youth, Olympic, and senior squads.
Appiah also led the team during its World Cup debut in 2006. Appiah finished his career in 2010 with 14 goals.
#9 – Asamoah Gyan
The 36 years old striker plays for the Turkish Kayserispor and currently leads the national squad. Gyan began his career in 2003 in the Ghanaian Premier League. Soon enough, he was being disputed by European clubs like Sunderland and Udinese. With Sunderland, Gyan signed a USD 17.5 million contract.
#8 – Sulley Muntari
Muntari has 19 goals for the Black Star and counting. He’s been playing since 2002, but he’s expected to play for the national team once again in the next World Cup.
He’s currently playing for AC Milan but has already lent his talent to Udinese, Inter Milan, and Sunderland.
#7 – Ibrahim Sunday
Ibrahim Sunday’s career lasted from 1966 to 1977. Despite his undeniable talent, Sunday wasn’t lucky on the African stage.
He reached AFCON’s finals twice, losing both. He had an enviable career in Germany and stopped playing one year before 1978’s team won it.
#6 – Mohammed Ahmed Polo
Mohamed Polo played along with Razak in the magic team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1978. His impeccable technique earned him the nickname of “Dribbling Magician”, and he was an absolute star of his time in the domestic league. Later, he moved to Dubai, also enchanting local fans.
#5 – Karim Abdul Razak
Known as the “Golden Boy”, Razak played with some of the best players of his time: Carlos Alberto, and Franz Beckenbauer, to name a few. The best year in the Golden Boy’s career seems to have been 1978, when he won the Africa Cup of Nations and the African Footballer of the Year. He shook the nets 25 times for the Black Star, and it’s among the 30 CAF’s best players of all time. He retired in 1988.
#4 – Tony Yeboah
Tony Yeboah is one of the Ghanaian players who scored the most goals for the Black Star: 29 goals.
The player also had successful stays in the English Premier League (Leeds United) and Bundesliga, where he played for three major teams: Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt, and FC Saarbrucken. Yeboah stopped playing in 1997.
#3 – Samuel Kuffour
Samuel Kuffour hasn’t played much with the national team’s uniform. Yet, he’s been awarded the Ghanaian Player of the year thrice and was runner-up in two African Football of the Year.
Additionally, the central Kuffour helped the team to get the bronze medal in the 1992 Olympic games.
During his 12-years stay in Germany, Kuffour played nearly 250 matches and lifted over 15 trophies. The player ended his career in 2006.
#2 – Michael Essien
When the midfielder Michael Essien was transferred to Chelsea almost ten years ago, he was the most expensive African player.
In the French league, he played for Bastia, then Lyon, where he won several titles, including Ligue 1 Player of the Year, in 2005. Essien’s career started in 2002, and so far, he’s scored nine goals for the national team.
#1 – Abedi Pele
Abedi Pele stopped playing in 1998, but he made history during his 16-years career in the Ghanaian national team. No other player has scored so many goals, giving Abedi Ayew the nickname of the legendary Brazilian player.
There were 33 goals and 67 caps for the Black Star from 1982 to 1998. He also had a tremendously successful career in French football.