From the Black Cats to the Highlanders, the Full List of Clubs Asamoah Gyan Represented

From the Black Cats to the Highlanders, the Full List of Clubs Asamoah Gyan Represented
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The Ghana and Sunderland legend Asamoah Gyan, has officially retired from football having represented his country and a host clubs in a career spanning close to two decades. “Baby Jet” is a well travelled footballer, straddling across continents to play football; from Europe to Asia, meeting different cultures and people where he won awards and trophies.

The top African goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup has had a career to remember. Now that he's retired, let's take a look at the various clubs the Sunderland hero played for and the years he spent in them.

Liberty Professionals (2003 – 2005)

Asamoah Gyan played for Ghanaian Premier League side Liberty Professionals as the first club in his career. This was the stepping stone in the striker's career, scoring 10 goals in 16 appearances for Liberty Professionals before his move to Italy.

Udinese (2005 – 2006)

Asamoah Gyan joined Udinese from Liberty Professionals and began his 3 years stint at the Italian club. In his first season, he went on loan to Modena to gain experience where he scored 8 goals in 11 appearances for Modena in the 2005-2006 season. He returned to Udinese the following season, and made 38 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals in two injury-prone seasons. In the summer of 2008, Gyan moved to France.

Rennes (2008 – 2010)

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In July 2008, Gyan signed for Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais for a 4 year €8 million transfer fee. Gyan played 45 games for Rennes, scoring 14 goals. By the end of his stay at Rennes, he became a well-known goal scoring figure, scoring 13 league goals in the 2009–2010 season. However, Gyan only played three games in Ligue 1 the following season, taking his total appearances to 48, before he departed for Sunderland.

Sunderland (2010 – 2012)

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In August 2010, Asamoah Gyan signed for Premier League club Sunderland on a four-year deal for a club-record £13 million. Gyan was given the squad number 33 shirt at Sunderland. He scored on his Sunderland debut against Wigan Athletic on 11 September after coming on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck.

He marked his first start for Sunderland by netting their only goal in their League Cup exit at the hands of West Ham United. Gyan scored twice on his first Premier League start for the club in a 2–0 win against Stoke City on 6 November. In all, Gyan scored 10 goals in 34 Premier League games for Sunderland.

In September 2011, it was confirmed on the Sunderland website that Gyan would leave on a season-long loan to Al Ain FC amid speculation of a fee of up to £6 million being paid for the loan period, with Gyan receiving up to four times his previous salary, in a deal that was beneficial for both Sunderland and the player.

Al Ain (2011 – 2014)

In 2011, Gyan joined Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates Pro-League on loan from Sunderland, and became the league's top-goal scorer, scoring 24 goals in 27 matches. His goals helped the club to win the UAE Pro-League that season.

His performances for Al Ain in his loan season was rewarded with a five-year contract in July, 2012 worth over £6m per season. He became the top goalscorer in the UAE league in the 2013 season and helped his team retain the league title.

Shanghai SIPG (2015 – 2017)

Gyan joined Shanghai SIPG in 2015 from Al Ain. The player posted the news in his own website that he had left Al Ain and set to join the Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG. Shanghai SIPG then officially announced they signed Gyan from Al Ain with an undisclosed fee.

It was then revealed that Gyan's weekly salary of £227,000 with his Chinese club instantly made him one of the world's best-paid football players. Gyan however, was not impressive for the Chinese club; he scored just 7 goals in 20 appearances that spanned two seasons in Shanghai.

Kayserispor (2017 – 2019)

Asamoah Gyan joined Turkish side Kayserispor in July of 2017 after his time in China. He spent two seasons at the club. Gyan made 26 appearances for Kayserispor and scored 5 goals. He left the club in 2019 and joined Northeast United in the Indian Super League.

Northeast United (2019)

In September 2019, Asamoah Gyan joined the Indian Super League side Northeast United. On 26 October 2019, he scored his first goal for Northeast United FC against Odisha FC in the 84th minute of the match as his team won the game by 2-1. In total, Asamoah Gyan netted 4 goals in 8 appearances for Northeast United.

Gyan suffered a terrible lack of fitness in the Indian Super League in his first season. His 4 goals return in 8 games proved he'd have been a good signing for the Indian club if he'd stayed fit the rest of the season. It was on this note, Gyan's stay in the league was cut short. The striker didn't play competitive football for two years before announcing his retirement from football in June, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions About Asamoah Gyan

How old is Asamoah Gyan?

Asamoah Gyan is 37 years old.

How many goals did Asamoah Gyan score in the World Cup?

Asamoah Gyan has 6 goals in the World Cup, the most by an African player.

How many World Cup tournaments did Asamoah Gyan score?

Gyan scored in 3 different World Cup tournaments.

How many goals did Asamoah Gyan score for Ghana?

Gyan is the all-time leading goalscorer for Ghana with 51 goals to his name.

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months ago

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