All-Time Top 7 Ghana Black Stars Players & Their Achievements

Ghana’s national team, commonly known as “the Black Stars”, is one of the most successful teams on the African continent. The country boasts several trophies and awards, including four Africa Cup of Nations titles. The team has also boasted impressive talents in the squad over the years and has produced some truly outstanding players.

This article profiles the seven greatest Ghanaian footballers in history and their achievements.

7. Ibrahim Sunday

Born on 22 July 1944, Ibrahim Sunday is a former professional footballer and coach. As a player, Sunday played as a midfielder, and he spent most of his career playing for the Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko. He also played for his national team, participating in two Africa Nations Cup tournaments.

His performances in the national team and club side Asante Kotoko saw him become the first African player to play in the Germany Bundesliga after securing a move to Werder Bremen.

Achievements and honors

Sunday was named the African Footballer of the Year in 1971 and was ranked among the 50 greatest African players of the 20th century by the International Football Federation of History and Statistics (IFFHS).

6. Mohamed Ahmed Polo

Nicknamed the ‘Dribbling Magician’, Mohamed Ahmed Polo is one of the most gifted players in Ghana’s history. He is also known for claiming he was better than Lionel Messi at his peak. He was called into the Black Stars only at 17.

His club career started at Hearts of Oak of the Ghanaian Premier League, where he was among the ‘Fearsome Five’ alongside Mama Acquah, Anas Seidu, Peter Lamptey and Robert Hammond. He also once played for the Great Olympics of the Ghana Premier League before moving to Al Wasl, a famous Dubai club.

Achievements and honors

Polo is a one-time winner of the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ghanaian national team and a former champion of the UAE League Champion with Al Wasl. Polo was named Ghanaian Footballer of the Year and African Player of the Yeah.

5. Karim Abdul Razak

Karim Abdul Razak is a Ghanaian football coach and former midfielder born 18 April 1956. Karim played for several clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, including Asante Kotoko, New York Cosmos of the NASL, Al Ain of UAE, Arab Contractors of Egypt and African Sports of Abidjan.

Razak also played for the Ghana national team. He was popularly called the “Golden Boy” due to his “Golden Goal” against Tunisia in the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals.

Achievements and honors

Razak was a one-time winner of the African Cup of nations with the Black Stars in 1978, and later that year, he was named African Footballer of the Year. In 2007 he was ranked by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as one of the confederation’s 30 best footballers of the previous 50 years. He was also a one-time top goal scorer of the UAE Pro-League.

4. Tony Yeboah

Born on 6 June 1966, Anthony Yeboah is a former professional footballer who played as a striker. He is regarded as one of the most prominent and prolific goal scorers in Ghanaian and African football history.

He is most noted for his time at European clubs, including 1. FC Saarbrucken, Eintracht Frankfurt, Leeds United and Hamburger SV. Yeboah also played for Asante Kotoko, Cornerstones Kumasi, Okwawu United and Al Ittihad Doha. He also played for the Ghanaian national team, where he was capped 59 times, scoring 29 goals.

Achievements and honors

The striker was voted Leeds’s Player of the Year in 1996 and earned the accolade of Ghana’s Player of the Year. He also won back-to-back Bundesliga Golden Boot awards with Eintracht Frankfurt and was also back-to-back top goal scorer in Ghana Premier League.

3. Samuel Kuffour

Known for his great physical power, Samuel Kuffour is a former professional footballer who played as a defender. Samuel burst onto the world scene at the tender age of 15 when he became the youngest Olympic football champion in history with the Black Stars’ bronze in 1992. He, however, only made one appearance for Ghana at the 2006 World Cup finals.

The ex-defender is best remembered for his time at Bayern Munich, winning 14 honors. Samuel also spent some time in Rome playing for Roma and in the Netherlands at Ajax before returning to his homeland at Asante Kotoko.

Achievements and honors

As mentioned earlier, Kuffour won 14 significant honors for Bayern Munich in 277 appearances over his 12-year spell at the club. The honors included six Bundesliga titles, four league cups and a Champions League.

Individually, Kuffour was named twice as runner-up in the African Football of the Year awards and was also nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2001. He is also a three-time Ghanaian Footballer of the Year, and he was ranked in the CAF’s top 30 African players of all time.

2. Michael Essien

Michael Essien is a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder/centre-back. He is currently a member of Danish Superliga outfit FC Nordsjalland’s coaching staff. Essien played for several European clubs, including Bastia, Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid (loan), Milan, Panathinaikos and Sabail, but he is most remembered for his time at Lyon and Chelsea.

Achievements and honors

In his prime, Essien was considered the best midfielder in the world, and he won four league crowns and seven domestic cups in Europe. He is also a one-time Champions League winner with Chelsea, and individually, he was named the Ghanaian Player of the Year in 2008.

1. Abedi Pele

Abedi Ayew, commonly known as Abedi Pele, is a former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. The former Black Star captain earned the name Abedi Pele due to comparisons with the Brazilian legend of the same name, which shows how high he was regarded in his prime.

Abedi played for both local and foreign clubs, including Real Tamale United of Ghana, Marseille, Lille (loan) and Lyon of France, Torino of Italy and 1860 Munich of Germany. He also played for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and AS Dragons FC de I’Oueme in Benin.

Achievement and honors

Abedi bagged seral honors, including three top-flight titles in Europe, one domestic cup and a one-time winner of the Champions League with Marseille, his greatest success at the club level. Individually, Pele was named three-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year, and was twice nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award. He was also ranked third in the African Player of the Century by IFFHS and he was the only Ghanaian to be included in the FIFA 100.

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