Ghana international Asamoah Gyan will rank as the highest goalscorer going into the Africa Cup of Nations tournament as of Friday, June 21.
In his home country, Gyan inspires love and hate in equal measure, but his credentials as a proven goalscorer have never been in doubt.
The Kayserispor forward is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals since his debut in 2003, which also puts him above any other player that will be participating in the continent’s flagship tournament which starts on Friday.
Liverpool and Egypt star man Mohammed Salah is in second place with 39 goals for the Pharaohs.
While Algeria’s Islam Slimani follows with 27 goals for The Desert Warriors.
Stéphane Sessègnon (Benin) and Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda) complete the top five with 21 and 20 goals respectively.
Gyan’s career has had many blissful highs yet some distressing lows, but even as he prepares for one final stretch with the Black Stars, much of the country’s hope of ending a 37-year wait for a trophy rides on his shoulders.