The controversial big-money move to the United Arab Emirates, side AL-Ain transformed, Asamoah Gyan’s life “totally”, according to the outspoken Ghana captain.
Eight years ago, his surprise move from English premier league side Sunderland was the most controversial reference point in the European transfer window as Gyan’s blossoming premier league career was cut short by an audacious offer that turned necks in England.
Gyan’s sudden transfer to the United Arab Emirates was a divisive subject matter characterized by strong opinions with many questioning his true commitment to forging a successful career in European football.
In a tell-all engagement with sports outlet FourFourTwo magazine, Gyan has conceded to the mouthwatering financial pull the Asian offer had on him, admitting; “Look, I’m going, to be honest here, it was the money, it was too good to turn down”.
Conceding to the financial turnover it has had on him, the Ghana forward who now plays for Turkish side, Kayserispor confessed; “I enjoyed playing at Al Ain, I stayed for four seasons, and it changed my life financially forever”.
Triumphing in three league title campaigns and one President’s Cup crown, the striker won the UAE top flight’s Golden Boot three times and was top scorer in the 2014 Asian Champions league.