Former Ghana youth star Ransford Osei has boldly declared that he was a more clinical striker than former Black Stars icon Asamoah Gyan.
Gyan, who boasts an impressive record as the all-time leading goal scorer for the national team with 51 goals in 109 appearances, is widely regarded as one of Ghana’s greatest strikers.
Osei, who played a pivotal role in Ghana’s successes in the 2007 U-17 World Cup, the 2009 U-20 Africa Youth Championship, and the U-20 World Cup in the same year, believes that he could have outshone Gyan if given more opportunities on the international stage.
“During my time, there was no one better,” Osei asserted in an interview with Pipapipa Media. “Asamoah Gyan was a fantastic player, but he wasn’t as clinical as me. I could have scored more goals than him, but he had more opportunities than me.”
The retired striker, who announced his departure from professional football in 2021 due to recurring injuries hindering his full potential, expressed frustration over the limited chances he had at the international level, attributing it to the presence of Gyan. “Even at Angola,” Osei explained, “I couldn’t get the chance because Asamoah Gyan was there and he was the most experienced player.”
Osei’s bold statements add an intriguing perspective to the legacy of Ghanaian strikers. Despite his retirement, the former youth star’s impact on Ghana’s football history remains noteworthy, having made 16 appearances for the youth national teams and scoring 10 goals in the process.
As debates over the country’s football legends continue, Osei’s claim of being a more clinical striker than Gyan adds a new layer to the ongoing discussions surrounding the contributions and prowess of Ghana’s football icons.