Greatest Ghana Footballers of All Time
Football is the most played and watched sport in Ghana; since 1903, when the country established its first football team, it has gained popularity. Since 1957, the Ghana Football Association has administered this sport.
Nowadays, Ghana is one of the top producers of international players outside of Africa. While being one of the teams more popular in online sports betting, like 10bet live in Zambia, you could also check 10bet Tanzania for more information.
On an international level, Ghana is represented by its national team, the Black Stars. At the same time, the female national team is called the Black Queens.
Let’s look into the top football players Ghana has ever gifted to the world!
Abedi “Pele” Ayew
Pele used to be captain and offensive midfielder for Ghana’s national team. He was born on November 5, 1964. He is widely known as one of the first African football players to impact European football clubs.
His career as an international player started in 1982 when he joined Al Sadd at Qatar. Still, he debuted in European football in 1986 at Chamois Niort, then played in teams like Lyon, Torino, Marseille, Lille, Mulhouse, and Munich. But he ended his active time in 2000 when he retired as a player of Al Ain.
Gyan was born on November 22, 1985. His career began in 2003 when he joined the Ghanaian Premier League Club. Currently, he plays for Kayserispor in Turkey as a striker; at the same time, he is the captain of Ghana’s National Team.
He also played in teams like Al Ain, Rennes, Shanghai S.I.P.G., Sunderland, and Kayserispor, where he’s been playing since 2017. He is the all-time Ghanian team’s top goalscorer, with 51 goals in 105 matches.
He is also an entrepreneur with investments across many lines of business.
Anthony “Wally” Yeboah
Born in Kumasi, Ghana, on June 6, 1966, he is known as one of the first footballers to represent the Bundesliga. In 1988, he played internationally for the first time when he began to play for F.C. Saarbrücken.
He became the first black player ever signed by Eintracht Frankfurt in 1990, and later on, became the first Bundesliga team captain. They named him the top Bundesliga scorer two consecutive times, in 1993 and 1994. In 1995, he was transferred to the Leeds United team.
He has the third-highest total goal score. Only Abedi Pele and Asamoah Gyan have higher scores.
Suleyman Ali “Sulley” Muntari
His professional career started in 2002 when he played for Udinese, staying for six seasons. Born on August 27, 1984, he currently plays as a midfielder for Deportivo de La Coruña, the Spanish club.
After Udinese, he played at Portsmouth, Sunderland, Milan, Ittihad F.C., Pescara, and now La Coruña, the team he plays at right now. He has also played 84 matches for Ghana’s National Team.
Samuel debuted internationally at the young age of 15 when he scored a bronze Olympic Medal in 1992 with the Black Stars. Kuffour was born on September 3, 1976, he is currently retired, but he signed with Torino F.C. in 1991, when he was only 15 years old.
He also played as a defender with teams like Bayern Munich, Livorno, Ajax, Roma, F.C. Nurnberg. After this, he returned to Ghana’s National Team, played three months for Kumasi’s Asante Kotoko F.C., and retired in April 2009.
Alexander Banor Tettey
Tettey was born in Accra, Ghana, on April 4, 1986, but he and his family moved to Norway in 1999. In 2003, he debuted professionally in Rosenborg, staying with this team for six years.
In 2009 he moved to Rennes, then after a short time with them, he moved to Premier League Club Norwich City, where he played until quite recently. He also played with the Norwegian National Team for ten years, from 2007 to 2017.
Karim Abdul Razak
Born on April 18, 1956, Razak is a former midfielder and coach who debuted in 1972 with the Kumasi Cornerstones. In 1975, he moved to Asante Kotoko, then in 1979, he joined the national team, which he left to join New York Cosmos for two years after moving back to Ghana.
Back in his home country, he signed again with Asante Kotoko, but a year later, he moved to Al Ain, collaborated with Arab Contractors, and then went back to Asante Kotoko. He stayed in Ghana for three years and then moved to Ivorian, where he stayed for two more years until he retired.
Razak earned the African Footballer of the Year Award, becoming the second Ghanaian to get this prize.