Why not start with Asamoah Gyan, the man whose wonderful 2010 World Cup adventure in South Africa suddenly turned into a bitter nightmare as his last-second penalty miss in the quarter-finals against Uruguay saw luck desert Africa's last hope?
The Rennes striker is a role model in Africa as a player for his mental determination on the pitch and his desire to make the most of his talent.
Having scored important goals for Ghana at the World Cup – the highlight of those being his extra-time winner against the USA – Asamoah Gyan established himself as the Black Continent's brightest star during the World Cup. His performances were even recognized by FIFA as Gyan became a nominee for the tournament's Golden Ball award.
The 24-year-old forward, who once played in Italy with Udinese and Modena, is being eyed by new Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson if reports are to be believed.
English magazine News of the World reported that the Merseyside Reds were in pole position to grab the services of African star Asamoah Gyan. Rennes, who had signed the Ghanaian player at € 8 million, could let him go for £ 20 million.
Asamoah Gyan’s transfer fee, which got raised by the French club based on the striker’s achievements and performances during the 2010 World Cup, might see interested club West Ham drop their pursuit of the player.
The Hammers are reportedly eying to sign Asamoah Gyan for a fee of £ 7 million. Now with Fernando Torres’ stay at Liverpool yet to be confirmed ahead of the 2010/2011 campaign, rumors around Asamoah Gyan’s possible transfer from Rennes to the Reds remain alive.