AFCON-winning specialist Hervé Renard has told Ghanaian television TV3 that all-time Ghana leading scorer Asamoah Gyan could have achieved more in football had it not been the fact that he was lazy.
The Frenchman, now head coach of Saudi Arabia, who worked closely with the former Sunderland and Al Ain cult hero has made a revelation about the striker’s career and says the striker could have achieved more if he wasn’t lazy.
Gyan is widely accomplished in football after becoming the first player in history to score at every competition he has played – a feat which was later equalled by Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 34-year-old free agent is Ghana’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals from 109 caps and has more FIFA World Cup goals than any African player in history.
The former Udinese and Stade Rennes striker enjoyed an amazing debut spell in the English Premier League when he bagged 10 goals in 31 appearances for Sunderland before heading to the United Arab Emirates where he is celebrated figure after bagging 95 goals in 83 games for Al Ain.
Despite all these renowned achievements Renard, who has lifted the AFCON title twice in 2012 and 2015 with Zambia and Ivory Coast respectively, believes the striker could have achieved more during his heydays had it not been for his lazy attitude towards training.
“The quality of Asamoah Gyan was amazing. I was always impressed with his timing of headers,” the Saudi Arabia coach said in an interview with TV3.
“He was a very good goalscorer, fantastic player, amazing player. “But I have something to tell him. He was supposed to have a better career, but he was lazy,” Renard said while laughing.
“In training, he was lazy. He only likes the games. But he was the most important player but I know him and he didn’t like the training, he only likes the competition, the games,” he concluded.
Gyan began his career in the Ghanaian top-flight with Liberty Professionals where he debuted against giants Accra Hearts of Oak after replacing injured Ablade Morgan in a league game.
He went on to join Udinese in 2003 and spent a season on loan with Modena in the Serie B where he netted 15 goals before returning to his parent club.
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