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Asamoah Gyan's record that was recently broken by Cristiano Ronaldo

Asamoah Gyan's record that was recently broken by Cristiano Ronaldo

Asamoah Gyan is regarded as one of the best strikers to ever come out of Africa. 

The striker is Ghana's all-time leading goalscorer with 51 goals, and holds the record for the top African goalscorer at the World Cup with six goals. 

He first represented Ghana at the 2006 tourney, before repeating similar feat in 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

His first goal for the national team came as a 17-year-old during a 2006 World Cup qualifier match against Somalia, and it took him 28 minutes after coming on as a substitute to find the back of the net. 

He starred for the Black Stars during the 2010 Wolrd Cup, but many will remember him for the missed penalty against Uruguay, which could have sent the West Africa nation to the semifinals. 

Nevertheless, he always delivered for the West African nation and at some point held a certain record which was only recently broken. 

Gyan was the first player to have scored at nine major international tournaments for his country before Cristiano Ronaldo equaled it during the 2018 World Cup and surpassed it last year during the UEFA Nations League.

Having netted at all the World Cups he featured in, 2006, 2010 and 2014, Gyan added the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 Africa cup of Nations tournaments to his list of consecutive tournaments he had scored in.

The striker was in 2018 infuriated by a lack of recognition for his achievement, particularly after Ronaldo was reported to have set the record, which Gyan knew he held.

Ronaldo equaled the record during the 2018 World Cup, before going one better during last year's inaugural UEFA Nations League when he scored a hat-trick against Switzerland.

Gyan retired from international football before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but rescinded the decision to make the team to Egypt.

He recently said he does not want to end his international career in pain, and would prefer to have a 'perfect' sign off.  

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