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Ghana has not done enough to celebrate me – Asamoah Gyan laments

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Former captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan is bruised by what he describes as the hypocritical attitude of Ghanaians who he says have done little to celebrate his achievements in football.

The basis of his opinion is the fact that social media platforms are always inundated with insults of his personality alongside the claim that his countrymen do not trumpet his records until foreigners attempt to ‘steal’ the spot for an international footballer.

The 36-year-old indicated in his interview with Dentaa that his weighty accomplishments as a footballer should be on the lips of Ghanaians while emphasizing he is an icon.

Without hesitation, he responded “Nope, I don’t think so” to whether or not he thinks Ghana has celebrated him enough years after playing for national teams.

“There are a lot of people who come on social media to disrespect me. They say a lot of things but they know the truth. One thing about Ghanaians is they know the right thing, instead of them putting it out there, they will not do it. But when foreigners praise theirs, that is where they [Ghanaians] bring their star to compare,” Gyan said.

Citing an example to buttress his point, Gyan mentioned that he was the first player to have scored in nine consecutive tournaments but that enviable record was never blazoned by Ghanaians until Cristiano Ronaldo did same in June 2021. Gyan’s bane was why it had to take an attempt by foreigners to crown Cristiano Ronaldo as a record-holder in that regard before Ghanaians acknowledged him.

“When Ronaldo scored, they [foreigners] put him there that he was the one who has set that record and then Ghanaians started attacking. They know the truth. Why didn’t they say it for people to know? When people start praising their icons, that is when they [Ghanaians] come out and say ‘we also have Asamoah Gyan’.

“In my own country, you see people disrespecting me, creating a lot of stories about me which I feel like it’s not it. So, when I see people defending me on social media, I just say ‘look at these hypocrites’” Gyan concluded.

Asamoah Gyan is the all-time leading goal scorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals. He is also the top African goal scorer in the history of the World Cup, with 6 goals.

Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan has said he is training in preparation for a possible World Cup 2022 appearance. The announcement has courted conversation, dividing opinions. Why some posit that he is better than all the strikers Ghana has and hence, should be handed a call-up, others say he has become rusty, hence, unfit to wear the national jersey.

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Transfer rumours: Liverpool favourites for Bellingham; Mbappe orders PSG to sign former teammate

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Liverpool are believed to be leading the chase to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund this summer. Real Madrid and Manchester City are also keen. (Sky Sports Germany)

Arsenal could join Chelsea in the bidding to sign Moises Caicedo this summer, with Brighton valuing him at around £100m. The Blues had an offer worth just over half of that sum knocked back this month. (Evening Standard)

While Caicedo is on their radar, the midfielder at the top of Arsenal’s wish list is Declan Rice, who could spurn interest from Real Madrid in order to join the Gunners. (El Nacional)
Manchester United are willing to rival Real Madrid and Tottenham for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, though it could cost €140m to sign him this summer. (RaiSport)

Tottenham have at long last agreed to pay Pedro Porro’s €45m release clause and will communicate this in a meeting with Sporting CP on Wednesday. (Record)

Kylian Mbappe will instruct the PSG hierarchy to make a move for Bernardo Silva at the end of the season having previously played with him at Monaco. Barcelona have long held an interest in the Portugal star, too. (The Sun)

Juventus are open to letting Weston McKennie leave the club this window, with Arsenal and Leeds interested in a deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Anthony Gordon is nearing a move to Newcastle this month, with the Magpies pulling away from Chelsea in the race to sign the Everton winger. Eddie Howe’s men would also like to take Hakim Ziyech off the Blues’ hands. (Daily Telegraph)

However, Chelsea are likely to use Ziyech as a makeweight in one final attempt to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica before next week’s transfer deadline. (Calciomercatoweb)

Bayern Munich will not allow Ryan Gravenberch to leave on loan this month. The Dutchman joined the club in the summer from Ajax, turning down the chance to reunite with Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, but has struggled for game time at the Allianz Arena. (Sky Sports Germany)

Tottenham are set to complete the initial loan signing of Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal before the weekend after hijacking his move from Everton. (Football Insider)

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Argentina wins World Cup 2022

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2022 World Cup final: Argentina 3-3 France (aet, 4-2 on pens)

Lionel Messi, fully robed up, rubs his hands in anticipation of finally – finally – lifting the World Cup. The Emir of Qatar and Fifa president Gianni Infantino hand over the golden prize. Messi takes possession of the holy grail, ekes out the moment by bobbing lightly along the podium, in front of his team-mates … then hoists the World Cup high into the air! Fireworks! Dancing! Glee! Argentina are champions of the world!

Lionel Messi lifts the World Cup trophy to officially crown Argentina as WORLD CHAMPIONS

Lionel Messi gets his medal, then needlessly is draped in a black and gold robe by FIFA chiefs including president Gianni Infantino who has a word or two with him with him arm around him, before allowing the maestro the chance to pick up the trophy greet his team-mates and bounce up and down with them to mark Argentina’s third World Cup win. What a moment!

Now up come the winners…

One-by-one the Argentina players are collecting their medals as their names are being read out. No surprises who will be last to stand and collect theirs….

From Mail on Sunday’s chief sports writer Oliver Holt in Lusail

‘It is a cliche, of course, but France did not deserve to lose that final tonight. They were mediocre in the first half but their second half comeback was absolutely stunning.

‘They came out of nowhere to turn the final into a classic and they could have – should have – won it in the dying seconds of extra time.

‘They were magnificent and Kylian Mbappe, in particular, was dazzling. They were winners, too, in their way but it will not feel like that for them now or ever.’

France trudge up to collect their runners-up medals…

Four years on from winning in Russia, they now get hit with the other side of the coin in the World Cup final. No need for me to tell you they all look devastated.

There is a consolation prize for Kylian Mbappe

A hat-trick in the World Cup final is every boy’s dream but it’s a nightmare for Mbappe, whose treble sees him take the Golden Boot with eight goals. He looks ashen faced – no surprise given France’s defeat.

Pundits lavish the ‘greatest moments in football history’

Jermaine Jenas: I can’t get my head around this game. One of the greatest moments in football history. Credit to France. Mbappe has got a World Cup hat-trick, he will come again.’

Alan Shearer: ‘I have never seen anything like it. It was a pleasure to be here. Thank you to Messi and Mbappe. I felt it was written in the stars for the biggest star, and it was. They kept going. The mentality and courage they showed to take the penalties. Well done and thank you for entertaining it.’

Rio Ferdinand: ‘I can tell my grandkids I was here for this final. Not only for Messi to lift the world cup, but also seeing the next generation in Mbappe. What a way to finish your international career.’

Pablo Zabaleta: ‘It is one of those moments…. I was looking at Messi, I know what it means.. Well done to France for that great game. But a perfect story for Messi. I am so happy to be here and enjoy that.’

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Tunisians root for Morocco ahead of World Cup semi-final

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Football unites people when politics divides them”: the relations between Tunisia and Morocco may be in crisis, but the Tunisian Wissam Sultani will encourage the Atlas Lions on Wednesday against France in the semi-final of the World Cup in Qatar.

“On the pitch, politics has nothing to do. Supporting an Arab country, whatever it is, is a duty when it reaches this stage of the competition,” said Sultani, 41, who runs a fruit and vegetable stall in the central market of Tunis.

After breaking a glass ceiling by becoming the first African or Arab team to reach the last four of a World Cup, Morocco can indeed count on the support of an entire continent whose hopes it carries, by challenging the French title holders for a place in the final.

Morocco’s run, which eliminated the Spanish giants in the round of 16 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the quarterfinals, has sparked a surge of pride and excitement among neighbors Tunisia and Algeria, transcending political squabbles in the Maghreb, as well as in the rest of Africa.

In downtown Tunis, a sports store’s sound system blares Moroccan folk songs to attract customers. The red Atlas Lions jersey is the highlight of the display.

“Stand up”

The country is however in cold with Morocco, which reproaches him for having aligned with the position of Algeria in the Western Sahara issue, at the heart of extreme tensions between the two neighbors of the Maghreb.

In Algeria, if the official media have virtually ignored the performance of the Moroccans, sometimes content with the dry result, the private press has welcomed their achievements.

“It is quite normal that Algerians support Morocco, which is a Muslim country, brother and neighbor,” says Madjid, 58 years.

For Salim, 45 years old, employee of a public company, “Algerians are with the Moroccan team because it represents a Maghreb country and Amazigh” (Berber).

In the Maghreb as elsewhere in the Arab world, fans say their support for Morocco is increased tenfold when they see its supporters and players waving the Palestinian flag, showing their attachment to the Palestinian cause even though Rabat normalized relations with Israel in December 2020.

According to Tunisian sociologist Mohamed Jouili, this support for Morocco, which is becoming more and more apparent as the match against Les Bleus approaches, can also be explained by “France’s colonial past in the Maghreb.

“The countries of the region can not compete with France economically, militarily or geopolitically, but can stand up to 90 minutes on a soccer field and even beat it,” he added, recalling the victory of Tunisia in the group stage against the men of Didier Deschamps.

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