The 10 Greatest Players in Ghanaian Football History
Throughout the history of Ghanaian football, there have been many different players that have had a significant impact for the Black Stars.
Even though Ghana failed to reach a World Cup until 2006, they still have had some fantastic players that have played for Ghana as they rose into a world contender. With that in mind, here is my list of the 10 Greatest Players in Ghanaian Football History.
No. 10 Robert Mensah
A player that's life ended shortly, Robert Mensah was the main goalkeeper for Ghana at the beginning of the 1970's.
During 1970 and 1971, Mensah was able to finish ninth and second in African Player of the Year voting, but his life tragically ended in November of 1971 after getting stabbed in a bar fight.
Who knows what further impact he could have had for Ghana, but he was one fantastic goalkeeper.
No. 9 Mohammed Ahmed Polo
One of the earliest players in Ghana's football history, Mohammed Ahmed Polo was a player that was able to help Ghana win the 1978 African Cup of Nations.
Along with that, Polo was also able to win the Ghana Football Association's footballer of the year award for 1975, and came in fourth in voting for African Player of the Year in 1977.
No. 8 Opoku Nti
Arguably the best Ghanaian footballer in the early 1980's, Opoku Nti was able to help Ghana win the 1982 African Cup of Nations and was a key cog for Ghana before Abedi Pele came along.
Known as Zico by his teammates, Nti was also the runner-up to the 1983 African Footballer of the Year award.
Today, Nti is the player that was a major inspiration for the current Ghanaian national team.
No. 7 Ibrahim Abdul Razak
One of the players that helped Ghana during their developmental stage during the beginning of the 2000's, Ibrahim Abdul Razak has been a player that was able to have a solid impact with the Black Stars as a defensive midfielder.
Overall, Razak has not gotten any caps since 2006, but his impact cannot be underestimated.
No. 6 Ibrahim Sunday
The 1971 African Footballer of the Year, Ibrahim Sunday was able to help Ghana during the late 1960's and early 1970's as he helped the Black Stars to two consecutive African Cup of Nations finals (both of which they lost).
Sunday was also one of the first African footballers to play in Europe, despite the fact that he was on the bench most of the time while with Werder Breman.
No. 5 Karim Abdul Razak
The 1978 African Footballer of the Year, Karim Abdul Razak also helped to lead the Black Stars to the African Cup of Nations title (their first one since 1965).
As a footballer, Razak is remembered by his nickname of "the Golden Boy", and was also one of the few African players to play in the NASL.
Overall, Razak scored 25 goals in 70 matches for Ghana.
No. 4 Samuel Kuffour
Mainly remembered for his days at Bayern Munich, Samuel Kuffour has been one of the greatest African defenders in history and has helped Ghana qualify for their first World Cup in 2006.
Kuffour was also nominated for the Ballon d'Or in 2001, and also finished second in African Player of the Year voting in both 1999 and 2001.
Overall, Kuffour is the youngest defender to ever score in the UEFA Champions League, and has the most appearances of any African player in the Champions League with 60.
No. 3 Michael Essien
Currently considered to be one of the top five midfielders at this World Cup, Michael Essien has been a player that has had some tremendous success for Ghana.
Essien was one of the key players that helped Ghana make the 2006 World Cup, and has been nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or three times in his career (2005-2007).
No. 2 Anthony Yeboah
One of the great goalscorers in Ghana's history, Anthony Yeboah was able to be a major part of Ghana's attack in the 1990's alongside Abedi Pele.
During his career, Yeboah had the second most goals in Ghana's history, and was able to have a successful career in Europe.
With Ghana, Yeboah was nominated for African Player of the Year four times, and finished ninth for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993.
No. 1 Abedi Pele
The only player from Ghana to be named in the FIFA 100, Abedi Pele is without question the greatest player in Ghana's history.
During his career, Abedi was able to win African Footballer of the year in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and helped Marseille in the 1993 Champions League title.
Along with that, Abedi also has more goals (33) than any other Ghanaian player in history, and is still contested to be the greatest African footballer of all time.