Asamoah Gyan Sets Record for Most Career World Cup Goals by an African Player

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Portugal and Ghana at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014.  (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Martin Mejia/Associated Press

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan became Africa's all-time leading scorer in World Cup history when he equalised for his nation during their key Group G match against Portugal on Thursday.    

As shared by ESPN FC, it was Gyan's sixth World Cup goal, passing the tally of legend Roger Milla:

This fan shared the Vine of the header, which was set up beautifully by an incredible cross from Kwadwo Asamoah:     

It was Gyan's second goal of the tournament, having scored in Ghana's previous fixture, a 2-2 draw against Germany. The Al-Ain striker is only 28 years old, so he still has plenty of time to add to his already remarkable record.

Ghana needed to beat Portugal in order to have any chance of advancing to the World Cup round of 16, depending on the result of the match between the USA and Germany.

Portugal took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo late in the match, however, severely limiting Ghana's chances of progressing.

It wasn't because of a lack of trying from Gyan, who rightfully received plenty of praise on social media. BBC Sporf dropped the sarcasm, for once:

Copa90 just had to turn the goal into a pun:

Gyan's scoring record for Ghana is truly impressive, via WhoScored.com:

Ghana were unlucky to concede late in their opening match against the United States, and faced with a difficult task against Portugal, it's unfortunate the Black Stars will most likely not be playing beyond the group stages.

Everyone knew coming into the World Cup Group G would be the "Group of Death," and it didn't disappoint. Despite Gyan's excellent contributions during the tournament, Ghana simply couldn't come through in the end.

Gyan's accomplishment will feel hollow with his team facing elimination, but it is still a record to be proud of nonetheless and deserves to be recognised.

Related

    Messi Wins Golden Shoe and Pichichi Awards

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Messi Wins Golden Shoe and Pichichi Awards

    Tom Sunderland
    via Bleacher Report

    Santos Laguna Win Their 6th Liga MX Title in ‘Hell’

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Santos Laguna Win Their 6th Liga MX Title in ‘Hell’

    Onefootball English
    via Onefootball English

    Hot Takes: Coutinho at Home in Iniesta's Shoes

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Hot Takes: Coutinho at Home in Iniesta's Shoes

    Tom Sunderland
    via Bleacher Report

    Iniesta Was About Art — Not Numbers

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Iniesta Was About Art — Not Numbers

    Getty Images
    via Goal