Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan believes the extreme love being expressed by his fanatics has been the cause of him being consistently criticized.
This he believes has made him a better player than before. The 30-year-old who has endured a turbulent career in the Black Stars admits that things have been tough over the years.
Gyan’s predicaments with Ghanaian fans date back to 2008 when he threatened to pack out of camp during the Africa Cup of Nations that year following fans abuse on his family and close associates and also received threats from football fans in 2010 after his penalty miss against Uruguay, a kick that denied Ghana a semifinal berth in that tournament.
“Sometimes I feel my fans love me too much; as an example, when you break up with your fiance you get heartbroken so that where things go wrong they get heartbroken and criticize you by saying all things.
“At the end of the day people see me on the streets about 95% of them just want to see me and I ask myself where the haters are? But this makes me stronger because I am mentally strong”, he told Starr Sports.
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 49 goals in 93 appearances and also Africa’s top scorer in World Cup history with six goals in three consecutive competitions.