This could be good - the flashiest man to ever wear a Sunderland shirt to release life story

Asamoah Gyan still splits opinion on Wearside. Was his 2011 exit a case of ‘what might have been’ or merely all about the money? We may be about to find out.

by James Forster Thursday, 22 April 2021 08:04 PM Comments

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has revealed he has penned his life story. The autobiography will be released simultaneously in the UK, the United Arab Emirates and his home country of Ghana. It should make for an interesting read, certainly the chapter on his arrival and subsequent departure from Wearside.

Gyan is one of the richest African football stars and he's lived quite the life. The book is intended to chronicle his journey from childhood through his varied football career with a nod to his assorted other interests. Proceeds will go to the charitable foundation which bears Gyan's name.

To remind fans of his great wealth Gyan recently posed with a selection of his impressive fleet of motors on Instagram.

Asamoah Gyan

These days, Gyan lives in a $3m mansion overlooking the Weija Dam. The sprawling bling fest has three floors, a swimming pool and bulletproof doors and is decorated with paintings of the man himself.

Baby Jet, as he's sometimes known (because he once had angelic features and was dead fast), played just over one full season for Sunderland.

The Ghana international featured 33 times in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals, after being signed by Steve Bruce for a then-record fee of £13 million.

Gyan departed the Stadium of Light in September 2011, initially on a season-long loan to Abu Dhabi side Al Ain FC. The deal was made permanent under a year later. It was reported at the time of his exit from Sunderland that Gyan had quadrupled his salary with the move to the United Arab Emirates.

These days, the 35-year-old striker is on the books of Legon Cities FC in the Ghanaian Premier League. Fitness issues have curtailed his appearances to just three this season though it doesn't seem to have bothered his current team too much. The Legon CEO recently admitted that the club are better off financially just by having Gyan on their books, such is his "brand essence" in his native country.

Gyan is Ghana's all-time leading scorer and enjoys huge celebrity status in the West African nation. He has featured at three World Cups and is also the top marksman in Africa Cup of Nations history with six strikes in seven tournaments.