10 Ghanaian Football Legends who sold Ghana to the world
Ghana Football has been blessed with several great talents and legends that sold our game to the entire world.
These players excelled in the game and made waves across the world.
Thier exploits bestowed on them legendary status and they will forever have their names written in the history books of Ghana football.
Here is a list of 10 Ghanaian Football legends who sold Ghana to the world.
1. Abedi Pele
Arguably the greatest footballer Ghana has ever produced and one of the greatest African footballers of all-time.
Pele won the African Best player on three occasions, 1991, 1992 and 1993.
He played for several European clubs and found his fame in the French Ligue 1 with Lille and Marseille, the latter where he won the UEFA Champions League in 1993.
2. Sammy Kuffour
One of the greatest defenders Africa has ever produced. He burst onto the scenes as a 17-year old and never looked back.
Known for his great physical power, he is best remembered for his time with Bayern Munich, whom he represented for over a decade, winning a total of 16 major titles, and playing in nearly 250 official matches.
Kuffour played for the Black Stars in the 2006 World Cup, as well as in four Africa Cup of Nations.
Sammy Kuffour was the second best player in Africa in 1999 and 2001 after the Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu and El Hadji Diouf of Senegal.
3. Anthony Yeboah
He is considered one of the most prominent and prolific goal scorers in Ghanaian and African football history and gained a reputation for scoring spectacular goals.
Yeboah is most noted for his time at European clubs 1. FC Saarbrücken, Eintracht Frankfurt, Leeds United and Hamburger SV during the 1990s.
He was capped 59 times by Ghana, scoring 29 goals.
He won the Bundesliga golden boot on two occasions in 1992–93, 1993–94 playing for Eintracht Frankfurt.
4. Karim Abdul Razak
He played for several clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, notably the local club Asante Kotoko and the New York Cosmos in the defunct North American Soccer League (NASL).
Popularly called the “Golden Boy”, Razak also played for the Ghana national team, helping it win the 1978 African Cup of Nations. He was named African Footballer of the Year later that year.
Razak, who also played for clubs in the UAE, Egypt and Ivory Coast, was ranked by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2007 as one of the confederation’s 30 best footballers of the previous 50 years.
5. Ibrahim Sunday
He captained Kumasi Asante Kotoko to win their first CAF Champions League, the first international title obtained by the club.
In 1971, he won the African Footballer of the Year award.
In 1975, Sunday moved to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, where in two seasons he barely had any playing time, appearing in only one league match against Rot-Weib Essen in December 1976.
This, however, made him the first ever African footballer to appear in the Bundesliga.
6. Mohamed Polo
Popularly known as the “Dribbling Magician” due to his immense skills on the pitch and arguably the most technically gifted player ever to emerge from Ghana.
He won the 1978 African Cup of Nations held in Ghana.
He was a left winger and played for Hearts of Oak in the Ghana premier league.
Won the award for best player in Ghana in 1975, and resolving fourth in the list of the best player in Africa in 1977.
7. Nii Odartey Lamptey
Played as a striker from 1990 until 2008 notably for Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven, Coventry City and the Ghana national football team.
Lamptey first began to attract global attention in 1991 when he led Ghana to win the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship with the Black Starlets after playing in the 1989 version as a 15-year-old.
He won the FIFA Best Player of the tournament.
As the son of a Ghanaian diplomat, Baffoe grew up near to the former West German capital of Bonn and made a name for himself in the 1980s in the Bundesliga, becoming a real crowd favourite for FC Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Baffoe was the first Ghanaian expatriate-player to play for the Black Stars. He was capped 16 times for Ghana, notably at 1992 and 1994 African Cup of Nations.
He captained Ghana at their World Cup debut in 2006 and was a member of their squad for the 2010 World Cup.
He is highly regarded by many as the best captain Ghana has ever had.
He played for Hearts of oak in the early parts of his career but moved to Europe and made a name in football at Juventus.
Akonnor first came to Germany in 1992.Having played for six years with Fortuna Köln (all in the second division), he switched in 1998 to VfL Wolfsburg.
In 2005 Akonnor moved to Denmark to play with AC Horsens.
He played one final season in Cyprus’ top flight, with Alki Larnaca FC. In Summer 2008 left Cyprus and moved to Germany based club SC Langenhagen in the Oberliga Niedersachenliga-West.
source: prime news