We can define “Attractive” as “the one player that is most likely to draw or pull respondents to watch a GPL game or follow the GPL“.
According to the African Sports Centre for Data, Research and Technology (ASC), Asamoah Gyan is the player most likely to draw fans to the GPL.
Ghana veteran striker has been named the Most Attractive Player in the Ghana Premier League (GPL). The ranking is from the African Sports Centre for Data, Research and Technology (ASC).
The former Sunderland, Udinese and Stade Rennais man is the new poster boy of the top-flight, taking over from former Asante Kotoko star Sogne Yacouba who led the order in 2019.
He beat off loose competition from Medeama and former Asante Kotoko midfielder Justice Blay, Kotoko goalkeeper and captain Felix Annan, Aduana Stars striker Yahaya Mohammed, Hearts of Oak winger Patrick Razak and new Kotoko Brazilian signing Fabio Gama Cos Santos.
The news was captured in the 2020 Ghana Premier League Report released to the general public via ASC’s official website on Thursday.
According to the ASC, the report is based on “a nationwide survey. This involves a sample size of 3,300 respondents in Ghana. Data was collected in every administrative district in each administrative region of the country. This gives the research and its findings a strong base“.
They conducted the research between October and November last year before the commencement of the 2020-21 GPL season.
Gyan topped the order, polling 52 per cent of respondents’ choices. 45 clear off closest contender Blay (7%) who came fifth in 2019. Annan, who placed second in 2019, has fallen down the chart to third in the 2020 edition with 5%, just above Yahaya (4%).
Former Brazil U17 and U20 playmaker Gama came fifth (3%). He who joined Kotoko in a two-year deal last October without having kicked a ball in Ghana at the time of the research.
Kotoko winger Gyamfi, who placed third in 2019, has fallen down on the pecking order to seventh in 2020.
Yacouba, who has since left the GPL for Tanzanian side Young Africans, won the 2019 title with 16% of votes.
After 17 years abroad, Gyan made a return to the GPL. The 35-year-old player signed for Legon Cities last October. He has been touted by many as the most high-profile player to ever play in the domestic league.
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer and most capped player with 51 goals in 109 international outings. The veteran striker also currently stands as Africa’s all-time top scorer at the World Cup with six goals.
The 2010 BBC African Footballer of the Year Award stands among the many individual honours in his cabinet.