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In Summary
  • The football star received the Continental Icon Award.
  • He holds the record for the highest number of goals scored for the Ghana National Team.
  • He announced his retirement from active football on 20 June 2023.

Former Ghana Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan received the prestigious Continental Icon Award during the 8th EMY Africa awards ceremony held on Saturday, October 14,2023.

Gyan was acknowledged for his exceptional contributions to African football and philanthropic endeavors.

Gyan after receiving the award (Photo X account)


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Gyan’s Notable Achievements

Gyan stands out as one of the most accomplished African footballers in History. He holds the record for the highest number of goals scored for the Ghana National Team with an impressive total of 51 goals.

Additionally, he has played for prominent European clubs including Sunderland and Udinese amongst other teams.

Following his recognition, Gyan has pledged to harness resources of his foundation to nurture and uplift young talents in the world of football.

The EMY Awards is an annual occasion designed to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of individuals who have left a significant impact on society across various domains, in business entertainment and sports.

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Retirement From Football

Twitter/ @ghanafaofficial
Source: Twitter


Gyan announced his retirement from active football on 20 June 2023, marking the end of a career spanning two decades.

His retirement statement reflected the sentiment that the time had come for him to bid farewell to his illustrious playing career, acknowledging the natural progression that all footballers eventually face.

He expressed gratitude to his country, family, colleagues, and everyone who contributed to his football journey.

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Fans Congratulate the Football Icon

X account


A post on his X account had fans congratulate him on his win,

A few comments are captured below.

”Well Deserved Legend.Generations to come will never forget the incredible job and sacrifices you serve this nation call Ghanan.God continue to uplift you and give you good health.”

”Thank for your patriotic contribution to Ghanaian sports both on the field and outside the field. I pray God to give you more life and prosperity to ensure Ghanaian sports reach an envious pedestal in the world. Graces to you.”

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