10 Ghanaian Football Legends

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Ghana may have missed out on the 2018 World Cup and have found themselves ranked outside the top 50 international sides for the first time in years, but at least there’s no shortage of greats to have played for the national team. The majority of these players will be familiar to anyone who has followed the team over the last couple of decades, but there’s a couple of ‘golden oldies’ worth remembering too. If betway soccer betting were placing odds on who would turn out the nation’s favorite, it’d be a very close market indeed! So in no particular order:

 

1) Stephen Appiah

This all-round midfield general not only captained the side during their debut 2006 campaign, he was also an integral part of the 2010 squad. A natural leader who exuded confidence on the pitch, Stephen has enjoyed a superb professional career in Italy, turning out for Juventus, Udinese, Parma, and Bologna before a three-year spell with Turkish giants Fenerbahce. Accolades include winning a Ghana Player of the Year as well as being included in two African All-Star 11’s.

 

2) Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan celebrating after scoring a goal during the ACQ at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana© Christian Thompson/Backpagepix

Having recently made his 100th appearance and scored his 50th goal, Gyan has been a prolific scorer for both club and country. A skillful and lethal predator, he is a proven goalscorer for every club he played for and a twice Ghana Player of the Year winner and Ballon d’Or nominee.

 

3) Tony Yeboah

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A striker with an eye for the spectacular and possessing a thunderous shot, Tony may have missed out on the success Ghana enjoyed in more recent years but no doubt inspired many youngsters to enjoy the game. Three times nominated for African Player of the year, and noticeably finished ninth for a World Player of the Year award, he also added one Ghana Player of the Year award to his trophy cabinet.

 

4) Samuel Kuffour

You don’t make over 250 appearances for Bayern Munich at the heart of their defense without a heck of a lot of talent. Without a doubt, the Ghanaian player who has won the most club trophies, including three Ghana Player of the Year awards. A stellar player who first represented his country at the tender age of 15!

 

5) Abedi Pele

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The three times winner of the African Player of the Year award, as well as a Ballon d’Or nominee, Abedi’s influence on the development of Ghanaian football is inestimable. A Champions League winner with Marseilles in 1993 alongside three league titles, he is regarded as one of finest African players ever to have played the game. A true legend who would be the pick for many older supporters as Ghana’s all-time best.

 

6) Michael Essien

An illustrious career perhaps best remembered for his time at Chelsea, Essien was for a few years considered one of the best midfielders in the EPL. Skillful, tenacious and versatile he is a manager’s dream midfielder and never failed to perform for Ghana either picking up the national Player of the Year award back in 2008. Superb in the 2006 World Cup, injury sadly forced him from appearing in 2010.

 

7) Karim Abdul Razak

One of the heroes of Ghana’s triumphant 1978 Cup of Nations team, few players can claim to have played alongside the likes of Fran Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto while turning out for the New York Cosmos. Picking up the Ghana Player of the Year for efforts in that 1978 team, he is widely regarded as one of the best players ever to have represented the country.

 

8) Mohammed Ahmed Polo

Polo was one of those players fans just love. A tricky, flamboyant winger who spent most of his time with Hearts of Oak and seeing his career with Al Wasl, he was another key member of the 1978 triumph. The inaugural winner of the Ghana Player of the Year award was a regular nominee throughout his career.

 

9) Ibrahim Sunday

The oldest player to make this list and one of the pioneers of African players trying their hand in European football, Sunday is the stuff of legend. His career is most remembered for his consistent performances with the national team, recognized across Africa with an African Footballer of the Year award in 1971.

 

10) Sulley Muntari

A class act wherever he plays and a mainstay of the national team for many years, he has been one of the key players during Ghana’s recent spell of success. Combine this with an illustrious club career littered with trophies (including a treble with Inter Milan in 2010) he serves as an example of why ambitious young Ghanaian footballers should look to the stars.

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