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Sports News of Monday, 18 June 2018


Ghanaians leap to Gyan’s defence after ‘false’ Ronaldo scoring record

Cristiano Ronaldo may have grabbed headlines with a hat-trick as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain in a pulsating World Cup encounter on Friday but Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan, who is not even at the tournament has garnered significant support after a gaffe sought to write him out of the history books.

After the game, Ronaldo was wrongly touted as the first player in history to score at eight successive major tournaments.

Football data experts Opta Joe, were one of the first to put out the stat which was widely circulated on social media, acknowledging the supposed milestone by Ronaldo following his first goal on Friday.

But this might have proven to be erroneous as Africa’s top scorer at the World Cup had set that record at the 2015 African Nations Cup.

Ghanaian journalist, Michael Oti Adjei who first noted this, tweeted that Gyan had actually scored in nine successive major international tournaments, one more than the Portuguese star.

A number of Ghanaians, and Africans, in general, soon leapt to the defence of Gyan, with many suggesting that the apparent oversight was a sign of the disregard for Africa.

He has scored at three World Cups and six African Nations Cup tournaments.

Gyan, who plays for Kayserispor in Turkey, commented on this on Twitter saying: “People disregard my achievements in the World Cup history but I want the whole world to know that I have not been given the fair shake but records will remain forever.”

His first goal at a major tournament against Czech Republic at the 2006 World Cup, before following that up with the first goal of the AFCON 2008, which Ghana hosted.

He scored three more goals followed at AFCON 2010, including the headed winner against Nigeria in the semifinals.

Gyan probably peaked at the World Cup in 2010, with three goals, and was famously denied a pivotal fourth under heartbreaking circumstances against Uruguay, that would have sent Ghana to the semi-finals.

He then scored a goal apiece in the next two AFCON tournaments as well two more, against Germany and then Portugal, at the World Cup in 2014.

At the 2017 AFCON, Gyan scored Ghana’s only goal in the 1-0 victory over Mali in the Black Stars’ second group game