Asamoah Gyan believes he has not received enough recognition from Ghanaians, and he is disappointed.
Gyan is without a doubt a Ghana legend, having scored 51 goals in 109 appearances, both records. In addition, Gyan holds the record for the most goals (6) scored by an African in the World Cup finals.
Instead of being celebrated, the former Ghana captain claims he is frequently disrespected by Ghanaians, particularly on social media.
“No, I don’t think [Ghanaians] have celebrated me enough,” Gyan is quoted as saying in an interview with Dentaa by Ghanaweb.
“There are a lot of people who come on social media to disrespect me. They say a lot of things but they know the truth. One thing about Ghanaians is they know the right thing, instead of them putting it out there, they will not do it. But when foreigners praise theirs, that is where they [Ghanaians] bring their star to compare,” Gyan said.
To illustrate his point, Gyan stated that Ghanaians were well aware that he was the first player to score in nine consecutive international tournaments, but they waited for the international media to claim Cristiano Ronaldo did it first before confronting them and highlighting his achievement.
“When Ronaldo scored, they [foreigners] put him there that he was the one who has set that record and then Ghanaians started attacking. They know the truth. Why didn’t they say it for people to know? When people start praising their icons, that is when they [Ghanaians] come out and say ‘we also have Asamoah Gyan.
“In my own country, you see people disrespecting me, creating a lot of stories about me which I feel like it’s not it. So, when I see people defending me on social media, I just say ‘look at these hypocrites’” Gyan added.
Gyan is hoping to make a surprise return to the Black Stars for the 2022 World Cup after a three-year absence.