‘All my life I was Pampered, criticisms by Ghanaians made me strong’ – Asamoah Gyan

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02: Asamoah Gyan of Ghana shoots a late penalty high during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium on July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says he was pampered throughout his life before he started receiving criticisms from Ghanaians.

He started that the criticism of the general public helped shaped him into a stronger person and a better footballer.

“It made me a strong guy. All my life, I was pampered and that was how I developed that tough skin,” he said on The Day Show on TV3.

“Statistically we were ahead. Ghanaians thought we were going to beat them [Namibia] like 20-0. And it was one of those days. I wasn’t lucky. I think I was one of the best players on the field but I wasn’t lucky.

“One opportunity that I got at an acute angle. The goalkeeper fumbled and the ball dropped. The keeper was out and I just hit the ball wide.

“And the following day…eii! That was the first time I experienced criticism. So there were just insulting. It was really bad.”

Gyan is Ghana’s all time top scorer with 51 goals from 109 international appearances for the Black Stars team.

He scored six goals at three different world cups and is Africa’s most Prolific striker at the FIFA Mundial.

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