The highest goal scorers in history for Ghana have moved from one player to another over the years. Most of these players are now retired, and have become legends for the Ghanaian national team and football in general. Meanwhile a few more are still active for the Black Stars at the time of writing.
Ghana is a well-known football country in the world, with a rich history in the World Cup. They have produced players that have made a name for themselves in local and international football, who pride themselves to have scored lots of goals for the national team, the Black Stars.
While the younger generations are eager to break the standing records, and help Ghana move a step further in their World Cup record, Goalball Live brings to you the 13 highest goalscorers in Ghana history.
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13. Mubarak Wakaso – 13 Goals
Wakaso is a Ghanaian midfielder who currently plays for Eupen in Belgium. Since making his debut for Ghana in 2012, he has gone on to score 13 goals for the Black Stars in 70 appearances. He was part of the Ghana runner-up team in the 2015 edition of the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. He shares a 13 goals tally for Ghana with few other players.
12. Thomas Partey – 13 Goals
Thomas Partey has represented his nation at three African Cup of Nations (2017, 2019, and 2021) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He was named into the CAF Team of the Year in 2018, and won Ghana Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019.
Partey was instrumental in Ghana qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World cup where he scored to qualify Ghana ahead of Nigeria for the Qatar showpiece which Argentina won. The Arsenal midfielder has 13 goals to his name for Ghana in 45 appearances, and he will certainly score more for the Black Stars in the coming games.
11. Matthew Amoah – 13 Goals
Amoah is a retired Ghanaian striker who made his debut for Ghana in 2002. He holds the record of the most goals scored by a Ghanaian in the Dutch league, 117 goals. Mathew Amoah is revered in Ghana following his role in the country's first ever World Cup qualification in 2006. He scored 12 goals in 45 matches for the Black Stars.
10. Abedi Pele – 18 Goals
On the 10th is Abedi Pele; father to two current Black Stars players, Andre and Jordan Ayew. Abedi Pele featured 73 times for the Black Stars from 1982 to 1998 scoring 18 goals. He is regarded as one of the greatest players to have come out of Africa. Abedi won the 1982 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Ghana. He retired as the first player to win the African Footballer of the Year Award on 3 occasions.
9. Jordan Ayew – 19 Goals
Jordan Ayew is brother to Andre Ayew and son to Ghana football legend Abedi Pele. He is the second active player on this list of highest goalscorers for Ghana with 19 goals to his name. Jordan Ayew made his debut for Ghana in 2010 and has gone on to feature 81 times for the senior national team. He's currently playing for Crystal palace in England.
8. Sulley Muntari – 20 Goals
Sulley Muntari who currently plays in the Ghana Premier League for Accra Hearts of Oak played 84 times for the senior national team of Ghana, he scored 20 goals. The former African Champions League winner ranks 6th in the highest goalscorers for Ghana. He last played for the Black Stars in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where he was axed from the team for behavioural reasons.
7. Mohammed Polo – 20 Goals
Mohammed Polo made his debut for Ghana in 1973. He is regarded as one of the best players to ever come from the West African country. He was well-known for his great dribbling skills in Ghanaian football. Polo won the 1978 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Ghana. He retired from the national team with 20 goals in 54 appearances that spanned from 1973 to 1985.
6. Wilberforce Mfum – 20 Goals
Today In History | 1963
Ghana beat Nigeria by [5-0] to face Mali in the finals of the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Gold Cup at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.
— Ghana Sports History (@GSportsHistory) February 24, 2023
Wilberforce Mfum was one of the Black Stars who won Ghana's first AFCON title in 1963. He's a unique player for Ghana who only played 26 games and scored 20 goals between 1960 to 1968. He shares this 20 goals tally for Ghana with few other players.
5. Andre Ayew – 24 Goals
Andre Ayew is an active Ghanaian international who is a son to another Black Stars' legend, Abedi Pele. He currently plays for Nottingham Forest in England. Ayew is the current captain of the Black Stars. He made his debut for Ghana in 2007, featuring in his first AFCON the following year which Ghana hosted.
At the time of writing, Ayew has played 107 games for Ghana and is on course to break the 109 record appearance set by former national team colleague Asamoah Gyan. With 24 goals and counting to his name for Ghana, Ayew will most likely not break Asomoah's record of 51 goals, but he looks set to take the most capped player record for Ghana.
4. Abdul Razak – 25 Goals
Abdul Razak made 70 appearances for the Black Stars, scoring 25 goals. He was one of only 3 winners of the African Footballer of the Year award for Ghana. Razak was at the centre of the midfield for Ghana, and was crucial in the games as they won the African Cup of Nations in 1978. His career in the Ghana national team spanned from 1975 to 1988.
3. Anthony Yeboah – 29 Goals
Anthony Yeboah popularly called Yegola in his prime is 3rd on the list. Yeboah played for the Black Stars and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany. Yeboah is a legend in the German club, where he was the very first African player to win the top scorer award in the Bundesliga. Yegola made 59 appearances for Ghana, and scored 29 goals to etch his name in the history books of highest goalscorers for Ghana.
2. Kwasi Owusu – 36 Goals
On This Day, Sept 29, 1969: Kwasi Owusu registered four goals as Ghana thrashed Niger 0-9 in an away fixture of the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
He would score five goals in the reverse fixture. pic.twitter.com/8KvG0Fh6h2
— Ghana Sports Facts (@FreemanYeboa) September 29, 2020
Late Kwasi Owusu ranks second in Ghana's highest goalscorers in history. Owusi made his debut for the Black Stars in 1967 in an Olympic qualifying game against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Yaounde. Kwasi Owusu captained Ghana in the 1970 African Cup of Nations where Ghana went all the way to the finals but lost 1-0 to Sudan. He retired from international football with 36 goals in 52 games for the Ghanaian national team.
1. Asamoah Gyan – 51 Goals
Asamoah Gyan is Ghana's all-time leading goalscorer. He made his debut for Ghana at 18 years of age, and went on to score 51 goals for the Black Stars in 109 appearances. The former Ghana International played in 3 World Cup tournaments scoring 6 goals for Ghana in the process. He is also the African record scorer in the World Cup with 6 goals.
Asamoah Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven African Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017, helping the Black Stars to finish in third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015 editions. He has retired from international football with some cool records to his name.
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