Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has dismissed suggestions that he joined Shanghai SIPG purely for financial reasons.
Gyan moved to Shanghai SIPG after four years with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates where he was thrice crowned top scorer of the league.
Speaking to BBC Sports in an interview Gyan said he does not understand the criticism coming his way adding that he works hard for what he gets in football.
“I don’t understand the criticism, I work hard for what I earn. I am focused on my job…they play good football (in China). I will have to adapt to their style and take it from there.”
“It is not as if I am doing anything illegal or robbing people of their money…I have learnt to turn the negatives into positives and so I make my decisions and understand that everyone works for money.
“At the end of my career, people will not criticise me anymore. They will move on to the next person. And at the end of my career the most important thing will be how well I did for myself, my family and those closest to me. This time is my era so I have to make sure I make the most of it.”
Ghana’s record scorer also dismissed speculations he may lose his sharpness in a league that some people believe will not test him enough.
“I heard those concerns when I was going to Al Ain but I continued to score important goals for the Black Stars. I have always said that the most important thing is that I score goals. That is what the fans in Ghana and everywhere I play want. And I have scored goals consistently.”
In four years at Al Ain he scored 95 times in 83 appearances and won three domestic titles in the process.