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Who is the leading all-time top goal scorer for Ghana? Asamoah Gyan and Black Stars greatest strikers

20:47 GMT+3 24/11/2022
Asamoah Gyan of Ghana
Ghana have produced some great goal scorers on the international stage

Ghana have produced some of the greatest goal scorers in the history of African football.

Nicknamed 'The Black Stars', they are the oldest football association in Africa.

We all know of the legendary Asamoah Gyan, who scored the fastest goal in the history of the World Cup after just 68 seconds in 2006.

But what about Sulley Muntari, the midfielder who scored an incredible long-range effort at the 2010 World Cup against Uruguay.

Or 'African Maradona' Abedi Pele, whose performance at the 1992 African Cup of Nations is often described as one of the most outstanding displays of football by any player in a single tournament.

Who are Ghana's greatest goal-getters, though?

Let's take a look!

  • Asamoah Gyan Ghana

    #1 Asamoah Gyan | 51 goals

    The greatest goalscorer to play for Ghana with 51 international goals, Asamoah Gyan had a career to remember!

    Gyan made his first appearance for the senior national team at the age of 17 in 2003 and scored against Somalia on his debut.

    His goals in qualifications helped Ghana reach the World Cup for the first time ever in 2006.

    At the tournament, he also scored the fastest goal in the history of the World Cup after just 68 seconds.

    This was also Ghana's first-ever goal at the tournament, coming against Czech Republic.

  • #2 Edward Acquah | 45 goals

    Edward Acquah is the second-highest goal scorer in Ghanaian history with 45 goals in just 41 caps between 1956 and 1964.

    The striker was part of the national team at the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo.

    His best performance at a single tournament came at the 1963 African Cup of Nations, where he scored four goals, including two in the final against Sudan to help Ghana win their first-ever title.

  • #3 Kwasi Owusu | 36 goals

    Next up on the list of Ghana's all-time top goal scorers is Kwasi Owusu with 36 goals in over 130 appearances.

    Owusu impressively scored five goals on his national team debut in August 1969, when Ghana beat Niger 6-0 in the 1970 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

    He then scored four goals against the same opponent just over a month later.

    Owusu passed away in March 2020, aged 74.

  • Tony Yeboah (Leeds) vs Liverpool  FA Cup Quarter Final, 1996

    #4 Tony Yeboah | 29 goals

    Tony Yeboah scored 29 goals in 59 appearances for Ghana between 1985 and 1997.

    The former Leeds United striker was a member of the national team for over 10 years, representing them at three African Cup of Nations during the 1990s.

    Yeboah's most clinical performance for Ghana came when he scored a brace against Burkina Faso in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier held in 1992.

  • Karim Abdul Razak Ghana

    #5 Karim Abdul Razak | 25 goals

    With 25 goals in 70 appearances, Karim Abdul Razak is the fifth-highest international goalscorer for Ghana.

    Popularly known as the "Golden Boy", Razak played a crucial role in helping Ghana win the 1978 African Cup of Nations, winning the African Footballer of the Year award later that year.

    In 2007, Razak was ranked as one of the 30 best footballers of the last 50 years by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

  • Andre Ayew Ghana

    #6 Andre Ayew | 24 goals

    One of three sons of Abedi "Pele" Ayew, Andre Ayew is the highest active international goal scorer for Ghana.

    He made his debut for the national team back in 2008 and has scored 24 goals.

    Ayew featured for Ghana at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups as well as seven African Cup of Nations, helping them finish runners-up in 2010 and 2015, finishing as the top goal scorer of the tournament in the latter.

  • #7 Wilberforce Mfum | 20 goals

    Wilberforce Mfum made his Ghana debut in 1960 and was selected for the national team at the 1964 Summer Olympics, eventually netting 20 goals in 26 appearances.

    He also featured for Ghana at the African Cup of Nations in 1963, scoring two goals in the final to lift the title.

    Mfum was the second-highest goal scorer at the 1968 African Cup of Nations, where Ghana lost in the final.

  • Sulley Muntari

    #8 Sulley Muntari | 20 goals

    Premier League fans will fondly remember Sulley Muntari from his days at Portsmouth.

    Muntari was a mainstay in the Ghana national team from 2002 to 2014, featuring in 84 games and scoring 20 goals for the Black Stars.

    Part of the 2006 World Cup, 2008 African Cup of Nations, 2010 World Cup and 2014 World Cup, Muntari will forever be remembered for his incredible long-range effort at the 2010 World Cup against Uruguay.

  • Jordan Ayew

    #9 Jordan Ayew | 19 goals

    Ayew scored 19 goals in 83 games for Ghana.

    He made his debut for the senior team in September 2010 in a 2012 AFCON qualifier against Swaziland.

    Ayew scored his first two goals against Lesotho in Ghana's 2014 World Cup qualifier.

    His most memorable performance came in the last warm-up game before the 2014 World Cup against South Korea, when he came on as a substitute and scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for Ghana.

  • Osei Kofi

    #10 Osei Kofi | 19 goals

    Osei Kofi scored 19 goals in 25 appearances for Ghana between 1964 and 1973.

    He was the joint top scorer in the 1965 African Cup of Nations, leading Ghana to win the tournament for a second time in their history.

    Nicknamed the "wizard dribbler", Kofi was known for his quality on the ball.

    After turning down a lucrative offer to play in Europe in his prime in 1969, Kofi became a priest.

  • Ghana's Abedi Pele chases the ball during Ghana's 2-1 victory today at Port Elizabeth in the First round of the 1996 African Cup of Nations

    #11 Abedi Pele | 19 goals

    One of the greatest African footballers of all time, Abedi Ayew, known as Abedi Pele was the captain of Ghana.

    Pele featured for Ghana 73 times, scoring 19 goals and is one of the few legends who never got the opportunity to feature at the FIFA World Cup.

    Nicknamed "The African Maradona", his performance at the 1992 African Cup of Nations is often described as one of the most outstanding performances by any player in a single tournament.

  • #12 Ghana's all-time top goal scorers

    Position

    Player

    Games

    Goals

    Ghana career

    1.

    Asamoah Gyan

    109

    51

    2003 - 2019

    2.

    Edward Acquah

    41

    45

    1956 - 1964

    3.

    Kewasi Owusu

    45

    36

    1968 - 1976

    4.

    Tony Yeboah

    59

    29

    1985 - 1997

    5.

    Karim Abdul Razak

    62

    25

    1975 - 1988

    6.

    Andre Ayew

    107

    23

    2007 - present

    7.

    Wilberforce Mfum

    26

    20

    1960 - 1968

    8.

    Sulley Muntari

    84

    20

    2002 - 2014

    9.

    Osei Kofi

    25

    19

    1964 - 1973

    10.

    Abedi Pele

    73

    19

    1982 - 1998