By Sammie Frimpong & Ahmed Atta
Gyan ranked 35th in the Goal 50, the annual award that charts the world's 50 greatest footballers of the season, and immediately told Goal that he had to thank his Ghana and Al-Ain team-mates for helping to make the feat possible.
"Without them I couldn't have achieved this," Gyan insisted. "I'm very happy to have been selected in this important list.
"Being considered one of the top players in the world is a great achievement. I'm happy but I didn't do this alone. I thank everybody for their support. Working hard is the secret to my success – that is advice I would give to all individuals.
"I'm very happy for this award. I really appreciate it. I'm happy to be the only Ghanaian named in the respected Goal 50"
"It is a big honour," Gyan continued. "I'm very happy for this award. I really appreciate it, and I'm happy to be the only Ghanaian to be named in the respected Goal 50. I'm extremely happy and it means a lot to me that my performances are being recognised."
Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2014 edition of the Goal 50, marking a third success for the Portugal star, while Gyan finished ahead of the likes of Juventus ace Paul Pogba (38) and Dutchman Robin van Persie (41)."I want to dedicate this wonderful award to my late mum, my team-mates, my club, my family and friends, and above all my missing friend Castro," Gyan said, referring to the Ghanaian musician who was recently drowned at sea.
The former Sunderland striker scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, becoming Africa's all-time leading World Cup marksman in the process. His tally of six surpasses the five goals scored by Roger Milla of Cameroon. As well as his exploits with Ghana, Gyan netted 29 league goals for Al-Ain in the UAE national competition and is the leading scorer so far in the 2014 AFC Champions League.
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