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I would argue that Sulley Muntari is one of the most underrated African players in history.
The Ghanaian midfielder has featured in two World Cups. He has won the Champions League, two major league titles (with Milan) and a further five honours, including the Club World Cup in 2010.
Despite this, the former Portsmouth man has had a strange career, and I don’t believe he has received the recognition he deserves.
Ghana could quite realistically have two passable midfields heading into the World Cup next summer. There are the players who have manned the fort over the last few years, and then there are the big guns who have returned to the international fold now that Brazil ’14 is on the horizon.
Kevin-Prince Boateng, Michael Essien and, to a lesser extent, Andre Ayew have all downed tools at various stages over the last few years, but now they have returned to take their places alongside Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Muntari.
Next summer, that lot, supporting Asamoah Gyan, could be a devastating prospect. Muntari—as the grizzled, tenacious defensive midfielder in the pack—will be an experienced head and a vital cog in Kwesi Appiah’s machine.
Perhaps, in one year’s time, should the Black Stars have a successful tournament, Muntari will achieve the status his honours and talents merit.