Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, was honoured by the Alfred Noble University in Ukraine for his achievements in football.
The 31-year-old has had an illustrious campaign with Ghana since making his debut in 2003. He has netted 50 goals to become the team’s all-time top scorer and the fifth African player to achieve that feat.
The award is in two folds- The Alfred Nobel Doctorate on a golden plate reserved for persons who have contributed immensely to the development of their countries and the Honorary Personality of Exemplary Leadership Award from World International Award.
Other recipients of the prestigious Award are President Akufo-Addo, Dr Osei Kwame Despite, Dr Lawrence Tetteh, former Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor, among others.
Gyan has played three successive World Cups – 2006, 2010 and 2014 – and happens to be Africa’s highest scorer at the Mundial with six goals, beating the likes of Roger Milla, Samuel Eto’o Fils, Didier Drogba, among others.
Gyan is also Ghana’s all-time highest scorer, having netted 51 international goals so far.
He has played for Liberty Professionals in Ghana, Modena and Udinese in Italy, Rennes in France, Sunderland in England, Al Ain and Al Ahly, both in the United Arab Emirates, Shanghai SIPG in China and recently joined Turkish side Kayserispor.
Responding to the great honour, Gyan said “…certainly it will urge me on to do more, when I came around to see the astro turf, I felt happy and the recognition tells me whatever one does, if executed well, there comes a day of reckoning, I thank the higher learning institution for the honour.”