Black Stars striker and captain, Asamoah Gyan has expressed immense appreciation over Lionel Messi’s recent comment about him as one of the greatest goal scorers in the world.
To him, the Barcelona superstar’s commendation of him is a motivation and morale booster. Asamoah Gyan says he appreciates it as it will help to boost his confidence.
Speaking on Starr Fm Sport, Gyan said,
“I appreciate it. It is a good thing when sometimes you do things wholeheartedly but you might not see somebody watching you. I was even surprise when I heard it. It is great motivation for me for a legend like Messi acknowledging my work.
“I am honoured honestly. It will even boost my confidence to do more as a player that people look up to and I also look up to him. I appreciate.”
Lionel Messi had mentioned Asamoah Gyan as one of the greatest goal scorers in the world.
Greatly impressed by the goal scoring prowess of the former Sunderland and Al Ain hit-man, Messi included him in his list of world’s greatest goal scorers he has ever set his eyes on.
The Argentine and Barcelona super star made this statement during an ineterview on 90 Minutes extra few days ago.
In response to the question on who his best strikers of all time are, he mentioned Asamoah Gyan among other players like Maradona, Brazil Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, Raul, Zinedine Zidane, Ibrahimovic, C Ronaldo, Etoo, Pele, etc.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also said he enjoyed watching the Ghanaian striker in Ghana’s 2-2 draw with Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Continuing, Messi said he admires Gyan’s hard work and dedication to his national team and his clubs.
Asamoah Gyan is a heroic Ghanaian footballer who remains the country’s greatest striker ever, with 48 goals in over 90 appearances.
He is also Africa’s leading scorer at the World Cup with six goals, surpassing the long held record by Cameroonian legend Roger Milla.
The Shanghai SIPG striker will be out for a month and therefore will be absent from Ghana’s upcoming international friendly against Guinea as well as the Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique.