If any year of his football career thus far has seen Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan at the prime of his powers, it has been 2014.
In every sense, the past 11 months have been monumental for the 'Baby Jet'. Prior to skippering Ghana at the World Cup, Gyan had sealed a third consecutive Golden Boot for topscoring in the UAE's Arabian Gulf League. The 29 goals he netted for Al Ain during the championship were just two short of his personal best for a season and also took him within striking range of Al Ain's all-time goalscoring record (in second place and some 75 goals off the top now).
Off he went to the Mundial in Brazil where, along with Andre Ayew, he provided a silver lining to the gloomy cloud that marred Ghana's adventures, scoring two goals - including one against eventual winners Germany that got the world talking - which helped him past Cameroon legend Roger Milla as Africa's most prolific in World Cup history.
From international football's biggest stage and back to club duties, Gyan - who would go on to place 35th in the 2014 Goal 50 list, ahead of the likes of Robin van Persie and Paul Pogba - was at his finishing best once more, wrapping up a fairly successful AFC Champions League campaign with Al Ain as the competition's goalking, his 12 strikes being just one short of matching Muriqui's record set in the season prior.
For his exploits on the domestic front and in continental action, Gyan was officially crowned the best foreign player in Asia - just another major individual award he has picked up during the year under review.
Truly, he has shone.