Ghana Player of the Year

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Ghana Player of the Year
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2020 winner Jordan Ayew
Sport Association football
Location Accra International Conference Centre
Country Republic of Ghana
Presented by Sport Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG)
History
First award1975
Editions29
First winner Mohammed Ahmed Polo (1975)
Most wins Samuel Kuffour (3)
Most recent Jordan Ayew (2020)

The Ghana Player of the Year (or Ghanaian Footballer of the Year) is an annual award from Football Association of Ghana, govern in recognition of excellence to the best Ghanaian professional association footballer of the year.

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The title has been awarded yearly in Ghana since 1975. The award is determined annually by the members of the Sport Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), with additional votes from the Ghana Premier League team captains and coaches, in collaboration with Goal.com's corporate subdivision of Perform Group, and is published by the Ghana Football Association (GFA). All Ghanaian professional association footballers all eligible. The award has been presented on 28 occasions as of 2020.

The most successful player of the award is Samuel Kuffour, who was chosen as Ghana Player of the Year three times. Asamoah Gyan, André Ayew, Stephen Appiah, Kwadwo Asamoah and Thomas Partey have each won the award twice, the latter three all in consecutive years.

Winners

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Abedi Pele was the winner of the award in 1993, and was also named African Footballer of the Year three times
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Samuel Kuffour has won the most awards, with three titles in 1998, 1999 and 2001
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John Mensah was the recipient of the award in 2006
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Michael Essien won the award in 2007
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John Paintsil was the recipient of the award in 2008
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André Ayew, winner of the award in 2011
Kwadwo Asamoah won two consecutive awards in 2012 and 2013 Kwadwo Asamoah 2012.JPG
Kwadwo Asamoah won two consecutive awards in 2012 and 2013
Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid was the first winner that was playing in La Liga, earning two straight awards in 2018 and 2019 Thomas Partey.jpg
Thomas Partey of Atlético Madrid was the first winner that was playing in La Liga, earning two straight awards in 2018 and 2019
YearWinnerClubPosition
1975 Mohammed Ahmed Polo Flag of Ghana.svg Hearts of Oak Forward
1978 Karim Abdul Razak Flag of Ghana.svg Asante Kotoko Midfielder
1979 John Nketia Yawson Flag of Ghana.svg Hearts of Oak Midfielder
1980 Francis Kumi Flag of Ghana.svg Asante Kotoko Forward
1984 Joe Odoi Flag of Ghana.svg Hearts of Oak Defender
1993 Abedi Pele Flag of France.svg Marseille Forward
1997 Tony Yeboah Flag of Germany.svg Hamburger SV Forward
1998 Samuel Kuffour Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Defender
1999 Samuel Kuffour Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Defender
2000 Emmanuel Osei Kuffour Flag of Ghana.svg Hearts of Oak Midfielder
2001 Samuel Kuffour Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Defender
2002 Charles Asampong Flag of Ghana.svg Hearts of Oak Forward
2003 Aziz Ansah Flag of Ghana.svg Asante Kotoko Defender
2004 Stephen Appiah Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Midfielder
2005 Stephen Appiah Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Midfielder
2006 John Mensah Flag of France.svg Rennes Defender
2007 Michael Essien Flag of England.svg Chelsea Midfielder
2008 John Paintsil Flag of England.svg Fulham Defender
2009 [1] Dominic Adiyiah Flag of Italy.svg Milan Forward
2010 [2] Asamoah Gyan Flag of England.svg Sunderland Forward
2011 [3] André Ayew Flag of France.svg Marseille Forward
2012 Kwadwo Asamoah Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Midfielder
2013 [4] Kwadwo Asamoah Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Midfielder
2014 [5] Asamoah Gyan Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Forward
2015 [6] Harrison Afful Flag of Tunisia.svg Espérance de Tunis Defender
2016 [7] André Ayew Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Swansea City Forward
2017 [8] Daniel Amartey Flag of England.svg Leicester City Midfielder
2018 [9] Thomas Partey Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid Midfielder
2019 [10] Thomas Partey Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid Midfielder
2020 [11] Jordan Ayew Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace Forward

Breakdown of winners

Number of wins by player

RankNameNumber of winsWinning years
1 Samuel Kuffour 31998, 1999, 2001
2 Stephen Appiah 22004, 2005
Asamoah Gyan 22010, 2014
André Ayew 22011, 2016
Kwadwo Asamoah 22012, 2013
Thomas Partey 22018, 2019
7 Mohammed Ahmed Polo 11975
Karim Abdul Razak 11978
John Nketia Yawson 11979
Francis Kumi11980
Joe Odoi11984
Abedi Pele 11993
Tony Yeboah 11997
Emmanuel Osei Kuffour 12000
Charles Asampong 12002
Aziz Ansah 12003
John Mensah 12006
Michael Essien 12007
John Paintsil 12008
Dominic Adiyiah 12009
Harrison Afful 12015
Daniel Amartey 12017
Jordan Ayew 12020

Number of wins by league

RankLeagueNumber of winsWinning years
1 Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana Premier League 81975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 2000,
2002, 2003
2 Flag of England.svg Premier League 62007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2020
3 Flag of Italy.svg Serie A 52004, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013
4 Flag of Germany.svg Bundesliga 41997, 1998, 1999, 2001
5 Flag of France.svg Ligue 1 31993, 2006, 2011
6 Flag of Spain.svg La Liga 22018, 2019
7 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg UAE Pro League 12014
Flag of Tunisia.svg Ligue Professionnelle 1 12015

Number of wins by club

RankClubNumber of winsWinning years
1 Flag of Ghana.svg Hearts of Oak 51975, 1979, 1984, 2000, 2002
2 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus 42004, 2005, 2012, 2013
3 Flag of Ghana.svg Asante Kotoko 31978, 1980, 2003
Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 31998, 1999, 2001
5 Flag of France.svg Marseille 21993, 2011
Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid 22018, 2019
7 Flag of Germany.svg Hamburger SV 11997
Flag of France.svg Rennes 12006
Flag of England.svg Chelsea 12007
Flag of England.svg Fulham 12008
Flag of Italy.svg Milan 12009
Flag of England.svg Sunderland 12010
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain 12014
Flag of Tunisia.svg Espérance de Tunis 12015
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Swansea City 12016
Flag of England.svg Leicester City 12017
Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace 12020

Number of wins by position

RankPositionNumber of wins
1 Forward 11
Midfielder 11
3 Defender 7
4 Goalkeeper 0

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