Asamoah Gyan (born November 22, 1985 in Accra) is a Ghanaian International football player who plays as a striker for Stade Rennais in the French Ligue 1. He is the first Ghanaian Player ever to score a goal at the FIFA World Cup Finals.
On 10 August, along with Fabio Quagliarella, Asamoah signed an improved 5-year contract-extension which would keep him at Udinese until 30 June 2012 as a reward of his fine form in the 2007-08 Pre-season. "I have decided to stay here because it is one of the top leagues in the world," Asamoah told BBC Sport "There is the possibility of me playing regular football here to make me a better player. "I am comfortable with the new deal and I know I can help Udinese achieve great things for the future. Asamoah and Quagliarella marked their contract extensions with a brace each in Udinese’s 7-0 friendly win later that evening.
He was linked with a move to Manchester United, Arsenal and A.C. Milan by the Italian media on 29 July 2007 following his impressive Pre-season form, including a hattrick in a friendly against Serie B outfit Spezia on 25 July, before Udinese tied him to the long term deal. Gyan scored ten goals in 2006-07 to help the Stadio Friuli Club to finish in tenth place in Serie A.
He got injured during the 2007-08 Season and never played for Udinese again after January 2008. He played in 13 Serie A matches and scored 4 times that season. On July 11 2008, Asamoah was signed by French Ligue 1 Club Stade Rennais for 4 years on an €8 million transfer fee.
He was part of the 2004 Ghana Olympic football squad, who exited in the first round, having finished in third place in Group B after Ghana was tied on 4 points, 0 goal difference and 2-2 Head-to-Head with eventual Bronze medal winners Italy. Ghana were unlucky not to go through because Italy had scored 5 and conceded 5, whilst Ghana had scored 4 and conceded 4.
Gyan scored on his senior International debut for Ghana against Somalia on 19 November 2003 in the 90th minute, after coming on for Isaac Boakye in the 62nd minute in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier, 3 days before he turned 18 years; helping Ghana to win that game. He went on to score four times in seven matches during that successful World Cup qualifying campaign. He has scored 13 times in 27 appearances for Ghana.
On January 24 2008 during the 2008 African Cup of Nations Gyan and his brother Baffour decided to walk out on the Black Stars following criticism after their unconvincing 1-0 win over Namibia. The media learnt the brothers had packed their bags and were ready to leave the team hotel but were persuaded to stay by team-mates.