Asamoah Gyan Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography

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Age: 38 Years
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Height: 6' 1"

Asamoah Gyan

NicknameBaby Jet
Profession(s)• Footballer (Forward)
• Singer
• Entrepreneur
Physical Stats & More
Height6' 1" (186 cm)
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutClub- In 2003 for Liberty Professionals
International- On 19 November 2003 against Somalia
Jersey Number#3 (Ghana)
Asamoah Gyan's jersey number 3 for Ghana national team
#10 (NorthEast United FC)
Domestic/State Team• Liberty Professionals (2003)
• Udinese Calcio (2003–2008)
• Modena (2004–2006)
• Rennes (2008–2010)
• Sunderland (2010–2012)
• Al Ain (2011–2015)
• Shanghai SIPG (2015–2017)
• Shabab Al Ahli (2016–2017)
• Kayserispor (2017–2019)
• NorthEast United FC (2019–2020)
• Legon Cities (2020–2021)
Records• Second all-time top score of Al Ain (128 goals)
• Second all-time Pro League top scorer for Al Ain (95 goals)
• Most league goals in a Pro League season for Al Ain (31 goals in 2012–2013 season)
• Most UAE Pro League top scorer awards (3) (shared with Fahad Khamees, Kodjo Laba)
• Most GCC Golden Boot (Arabian Golden Boot) awards (3)
• All-time top goalscorer for Ghana national team (51 goals)
• Second most appearances for Ghana national team (109 appearances)
• Most goals for Ghana and by an African footballer in the FIFA World Cup (6)
• Youngest goalscorer for Ghana national team (at the age of 17 years, 362 days (for Ghana vs Somalia on 19 November 2003)
Awards, Honours, Achievements 2010: BBC African Footballer of the Year Award
2010, 2013, 2014: Named in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Team of the Year
2010, 2013: Named in Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament
2010, 2014: Ghana Player of the Year Award
2011–2020: Player of the Decade Award at Ghana Football Awards
2012: Ghana Men's Player of the Year Award
2014: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Foreign Player of the Year Award
2017: Calcio Trade Ball Order of the Star Award
2017: Honorary doctorate degree by Ukraine-based Alfred Noble University in Kumasi
Asamoah Gyan with his honorary doctorate degree
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 November 1985 (Friday)
Age (as of 2023)38 Years
BirthplaceAccra, Ghana
Zodiac signSagittarius
Signature Asamoah Gyan's signature
HometownAccra, Ghana
School• Seven Great Princess Academy, Dansoman (completed in 1999)
• Accra Academy (1999 -2002)
Educational QualificationHigh School
Ethnicity/TribeFrom his father's side: Brong Ahafo
From his mother's side: Mampong
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Hobbies• Boxing
• Listening to Music
• Playing Tennis
Piercing(s)In both ears
ControversiesCastro's Ritual Sacrifice Rumours

Asamoah Gyan had a very good friendship with the singer Castro, and the duo gave many hit songs. On 6 July 2014, they were partying at Aqua Safari Resort in Ada, Ghana when Castro and a girl named Janet Bandu went jet skiing in the Ada estuary. The girl slipped off the jet skii and started to drown. Castro jumped off the jet skii and took off his life jacket to save Bandu but both of them drowned. Gyan and his friends were also present in the resort but failed to save any of them and were unable to find their bodies. Many fans later alleged that Gyan sacrificed his friend and did the sacrifice ritual in order to become more famous. Gyan rubbished those claims and said that he missed his friend and felt his presence around him.

Rape & Sodomy Allegations

In June 2015, a 22-year old student of Central University in Accra, Ghana named Sarah Kwablah alleged that Gyan raped and sodomised her in February 2015. She claimed that she first met Gyan in Accra, where Gyan requested her to take him to her house so that he could visit her later as well. When they reached home, she went to take a bath but Gyan followed her to her bedroom where he raped her. Kwablah claimed to have a video recording of their sexual intercourse which was recorded by a CCTV camera and later said that she got pregnant after rape.
Sarah Kwablah
Gyan refused her charges and alleged that they had sex in her bedroom but it was consensual. In June 2017, Gyan did a TV interview with Deloris Frimpong Manso on her Delay Show program in which he said that Kwablah sent a message to him on social media and later met him in 2015. According to Gyan, he went to her house behind West Hills Mall at Weija where they made a physical relation. He accused Kwablah and her family of trying to frame him in a false rape case and blackmailing him to extort money from him. She reportedly asked a fully furnished apartment, a housemaid, and a $1,000 monthly stipend from Gyan. Gyan later filed a case against journalists Osarfo Anthony, Chris Handler, and Ekow Micah for trying to defame him in rape case. In December 2023, he was ordered by the court to pay 1 million Ghanaian cedis to Osarfo Anthony in fines and damages.

Warned for hairstyle

In the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, he was seen in a mohawk hairstyle with sides shaved. He also got number 3 dyed on the side of his head. United Arab Emirates Football Association guidelines warned him and 40 other footballers in 2017 for their Qaza hairstyle which is considered unethical as per the Islamic laws. A Qaza hairstyle is the one which has longer hair on the top with top or shorter hair in the sides. Gyan did not respond to the warning and said that he would talk to his manager and club management.

Captain's armband with own face

On 11 June 2017, Asamoah Gyan captained Ghana during their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Ethiopia and scored his 50th goal but he was criticised by fans for wearing the captain's armband which had his face printed on it. The armband came to notice when he was substituted in the second half but did not give the armband to the vice-captain Andre Ayew who was given a new armband by the Ghanaian officials. Fans took to social media and slammed Gyan for breaching FIFA's rules for the equipments and dresses.

Divorce Case

Asamoah Gyan filed for divorce from his wife, Gifty Gyan, in October 2018, claiming that she was already married to a Ghanaian man named Eugene Odame Antwi. He alleged that she had not divorced Antwi and married Gyan without informing him about her first marriage. He also demanded a DNA test to determine paternity of their 3 children which later proved that he was biological father of the children. There were rumours that he was in a relationship with Nina Atala and wanted to marry her after divorcing Gifty. On 31 October 2023, the court granted divorce to Gyan and Gifty and gave two houses, two cars, and a land for fuel station. Gyan was also ordered to pay 25,000 Ghanaian cedis ($2100 or £1729) per month for maintenance.
Social MediaInstagram
Official Website
Relationships & More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/Girlfriends• Sandra Ankobiah
• Gifty Gyan (2003-2013)
• Nina Atala (businesswoman, rumoured)
Nina Atala
Marriage Date31 August 2013
Wife/SpouseGifty Sandra Dzamesi (div. 31 October 2023)
ChildrenSon- 2
• Frederick Asamoah Gyan Junior
• Raphael Mensah Gyan
Daughter- Zelda Ohemaa Gyan
Asamoah Gyan with his children
ParentsFather- Baffour Gyan Mensah (businessman)
Mother- Cecilia Amoako (headmistress, died on 6 November 2012))
Mrs Cecilia, mother of Asamoah Gyan
SiblingsBrother- 2
• Baffour Gyan (elder, footballer)
Asamoah Gyan with his brother, Baffour Gyan (right)
• Isaac Gyan (elder)
Isaac Gyan (right), brother of Asamoah Gyan
Sister- Afia (elder, teacher)
Asamoah Gyan's sister, Afia
Coach/ManagerClaude Le Roy
FoodTuo Zaafi (TZ)
SingerHannah Marfo
Style Quotient
Car/Vehicle Collection• Rolls-Royce Phantom
• Range Rover Sport SUV
• Dodge Challenger
• Toyota Land Cruiser 300 SUV
• Hummer SUV
• Cadillac Escalade
• Mercedes-Benz Bus
Watch CollectionThree customised 24-Karat surgical steel watches of Caveman brand (each worth GH¢150,000)
Asamoah Gyan's watch
Money Factor
Salary (approx.) £11.8 Million (in 2016)
Net Worth (approx.) £18 million (in 2023)

Gyan during play

Some Lesser Known Facts About Asamoah Gyan

  • Asamoah Gyan liked playing football during childhood and trained during his school days.

    Asamoah Gyan (left) during a football match in his teenage years

    Asamoah Gyan (left) during a football match in his teenage years

  • He also used to help his father occasionally by selling maize with him at Kaneshie market.
  • He started his football career in 2003 for Ghanaian club Liberty Professionals of Accra and scored 10 goals in 16 matches of the Ghana Premier League, becoming the league’s third top goal scorer in that season.

    Asamoah Gyan during his early years in football

    Asamoah Gyan during his early years in football

  • In 2003, he signed up with Udinese and played in Serie A in Italy. In 2004, he was sent on loan to Modena to get match experience in Serie B.
  • He scored a goal against Somalia on his debut for Ghana on 19 November 2003, helping his team to win that game. He also represented Ghana in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
  • He scored the fastest goal of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany after 68 seconds against the Czech Republic.
  • After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow tried to acquire him for US$10.5 million but failed. The fee would have been the 4th largest transfer in Russian football history.
  • On 10 August 2007, he signed a five-year contract extension with Udinese till 30 June 2012.
  • On 11 July 2008, Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais paid an €8 million transfer fee and acquired him for four years.
  • On 31 August 2010, Premier League club Sunderland paid a record transfer fee of £13 million and signed him for 4 years.

    Asamoah Gyan when he played for Sunderland

    Asamoah Gyan when he played for Sunderland

  • He has also sung 3 music albums in hiplife and dancehall music genres. In August 2010, he recorded a song with Castro titled African Girls’ which became a super hit.
  • In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, his goal against the United States helped Ghana reach the quarterfinal. Ghana became the third African team after Cameroon and Senegal in history to qualify for the quarterfinal of the competition.
  • In the quarterfinal against Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa, his team lost the game as he missed a penalty kick after which spectators criticised him.
  • He played for Al Ain (on loan) in the 2011-2012 UAE League and was the league’s top goalscorer with 22 goals. He helped the club win their 10th league title.
  • On 6 July 2012, Al Ain acquired him for 5 years at a yearly season fee of £6m per season.
  • In the 2012 African Cup of Nations, he missed the penalty kick in the semifinal against Zambia after which he announced an indefinite break from international football.
  • In 2012, Gyan announced that he would work in the boxing promotion field and organise a boxing competition in Ghana. He later formed a boxing company named Baby Jet Promotions.

    Asamoah Gyan (right) at a boxing event organised by Baby Jet promotions

    Asamoah Gyan (right) at a boxing event organised by Baby Jet promotions

  • In 2015, he signed with Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG at a weekly salary of £227,000.
  • He took a break from music after the death of Castro in 2015.
  • He played in the Süper Lig (Turkish Premier League) for Kayserispor from 5 July 2017 to 9 August 2019.
  • The Ghanaian Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) gave him an Air Carrier Licence (ACL) as of October 2017. He has a startup Baby Jet Airlines which is eligible for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
  • Gyan has also done charity work through his foundation Asamoah Gyan Foundation. In May 2019, he was named chief in Hohoe in the Volta Region with the title, Ngɔyifia Dɔmenyotɔ of the St. Francis College of Education and the Gbi Traditional Area for solving water problems in the area.

    Asamoah Gyan after being named as chief in Hohoe

    Asamoah Gyan after being named as chief in Hohoe

  • On 20 May 2019, he retired from international football but made a return after a discussion with the then-president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
  • Between 19 September 2019 to 15 January 2020, he scored 4 goals in 8 matches for the NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League (ISL).
  • In 2020, he started playing tennis to recover from an injury. He later organised many tennis competitions for teenagers.
  • Gyan played for Legon Cities in the Ghana Premier League in 2020 and 2021.
  • In May 2022, he released his autobiography titled ‘LeGyanDary: The Autobiography of Asamoah Gyan’ at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

    Cover of Asamoah Gyan's autobiography

    Cover of Asamoah Gyan’s autobiography

  • In November 2022, he completed the UEFA Licence B coaching course. He was given an offer to become the head coach of Ghana but he declined the offer.

    Asamoah Gyan showing his coaching licence

    Asamoah Gyan showing his coaching licence

  • In December 2022, his 2010 World Cup jersey was stored by FIFA at its stadium in Switzerland.

    Asamoah Gyan's jersey at the FIFA Museum in Switzerland

    Asamoah Gyan’s jersey at the FIFA Museum in Switzerland

  • On 20 June 2023, he took retirement from football. He once said that had he not been a footballer, he would have been a lawyer or musician.

    Asamoah Gyan's retirement speech

    Asamoah Gyan’s retirement speech

  • He often takes part in several football events and has organised many football competitions such as Baby Jet Under-16 African Tournament.
  • His style of play included quick sprints and the ability to overcome defenders with his speed and strength. His weaknesses included his finishing touches as he missed penalties in many important matches.
  • Gyan is very popular in Ghana and is considered a cultural icon for his achievements in football.
  • He once said that he did not want to gain sympathy by claiming that he was poor. He said that his parents were not very rich but were able to provide for him and his siblings.