Asamoah Gyan named in top 10 forgotten Ballon d’Or nominees

Asamoah Gyan stayed with Sunderland for a short while and left for Al Ain in 2011. The 34-year-old Ghana had a successful spell there and his numbers with the national team even increased at the time.

The Black Stars striker after journeying from Al Ain to Shanghai SIPG in China back to UAE with Al Ahly then to Kayserispor has now landed at NorthEast United in the Indian topflight league

Asamoah Gyan in the twilight of his career seems to have been forgotten by a lot of people in the football cycles but definitely not in Ghana where he is revered for his prowess in front of goal.

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After scouring the voting and shortlists over the last 15 awards, dating back to 2004, he’s a list of 10 names which could easily be forgotten when mixed with some of the biggest superstars of all-time.

1) Juninho – 12th in 2005

2) Jens Lehmann – 10th in 2006

3) Frederic Kanoute – 11th in 2007

4) Rogerio Ceni – 27th in 2007

5) Younis Mahmoud – 29th in 2007

6) Andrey Arshavin – 6th in 2008

7) Marcos Senna – 11th in 2008

8) Diego – 25th in 2009

9) Asamoah Gyan – 18th in 2010

10) Rui Patricio – 12th in 2016


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