After the agony of missing a game-winning penalty in Ghana's inspiring 2010 World Cup that cruelly ended at the quarter-finals, Asamoah Gyan will carry the hopes of the African nation once again in 2014. The former Sunderland striker cannot stop scoring for both Ghana and his current club, Al Ain FC, and is the side's top betting tip to consider in individual goalscorer markets throughout his efforts to help Ghana pull off a shock against Germany, Portugal and the USA in Group G.
Having signed for Udinese in 2003 from Ghanaian club Liberty Professionals, Gyan spent two years on loan at Serie B club Modena to gain match experience before returning to score 11 goals in his 39 league appearances for Udinese, also netting 15 at Modena to instantly display his striking reputation in his first five professional seasons.
In July 2008, Gyan was signed by French Ligue 1 Club Stade Rennais for €8 million, and scored 14 goals in 48 games before the striker joined Premier League midfielders Sunderland on a four-year deal for a club record £13 million.
His time in England began well as Gyan scored on his debut against Wigan Athletic and bagged a total of 11 goals in his 37 club appearances, including a popular equaliser against north east rivals Newcastle United in the 94th minute of their January 2011 clash.
In September 2011, Sunderland confirmed that Gyan would leave on a season-long loan to club Al Ain FC, helping his new side to a 10th league success as the top goalscorer that season with 22 league goals to his name. After signing a five-year contract in July 2012 worth over £6.4million, Gyan has since scored an incredible 100 goals in 89 appearances at the United Arab Emirates side.
Gyan made his international debut at the age of 17, and scored in the 90th minute of his 2003 senior debut against Somalia. Gyan's record sits at a healthy 39 goals in his 77 international caps, also part of the Africa Cup of Nations side which finished runners-up in 2010. That year will however be most known for his role in the side's run to the World Cup quarter finals in which Gyan scored three times before their controversial defeat to Uruguay, his penalty to send Ghana through hitting the crossbar after an infamous Luis Suarez handball before a shoot-out defeat ended their tournament.
Also part of the last 16-reaching 2006 World Cup side previously, former FIFA Ballon d'Or Shortlist Nominee Gyan made six appearances during 2014 World Cup qualifiers for Ghana, notching up a combined tally of six goals in that time to stamp his authority within the squad.
Asamoah Gyan World Cup betting tips
Ghana are not a shabby international squad to be overlooked as the 2010 edition of the World Cup displayed, Gyan being the guiding figure towards their route to the quarter-finals on that occasion. Although agony ultimately ended their run at that stage, Gyan has not been fazed since and will be the most handsome betting tip to score and profit punters in individual goalscorer markets throughout the gutsy side's 2014 campaign.