Asamoah Gyan is very impressed by Asamoah Gyan

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Like a cross between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nicklas Bendtner, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is very fond of his own abilities. There were questions as to whether he would play in Ghana's African Cup of Nations match against Mali after sustaining an injury in training on Thursday, but he did start and scored off a free kick in his side's 2-0 win.

Following the match, Baby Jet was eager to highlight his performance and speak in the third person. From the AFP:

"Everyone who plays against Ghana, comes out strongly to stop Asamoah Gyan," said the Al Ain striker, who is on loan from English Premier League club Sunderland.

"I have been the country's lone striker for the past six years, it shows how great I am."

Don't think Gyan is completely self-obsessed, though. He also gave credit to others and spoke of his sacrifice for his country.

"There was a doubt whether I will be fit for the match against Mali, but the medical staff did a fantastic job on me.

"I'm playing through a pain barrier. It was the same in 2008, but the team have confidence in me, they know what I am capable of.

"I'm a Ghanaian and I have to sacrifice for my country."

I wonder how hard it was for him to not say he's "Gyanaian."