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Top 5 🇬🇭Ghanaian Moments in the UEFA Champions League

Come Saturday, 26th May, 2018, the calendar will be drawn on the European football season. To climax 12 months of football rife as well as brilliant individual performances and stellar team efforts, Spanish Club giants, Real Madrid play Liverpool FC from England in the Champions League final.



The gallant trophy will be up for grabs once again. The "big ear" has been lifted by 5 players from Ghana though no player from the West African country will be playing in this year's final.
Abedi Pele, Ibrahim Tanko, Samuel Kuffuor, Sule Muntari and Micheal Essien have all laid hands on the coveted trophy.

With that said, Gyamfi's Column looks back at 5 Ghanaian 🇬🇭 moments in the UEFA Champions league worth mentioning. 

Ofori Quaye becomes the youngest player to score in the Champions League 
At 17 years 195 days, the former Liberty Professionals striker scored for Olympiakos against Rosenberg in the 1997/98 edition. The goal made him the youngest ever player to score in the competition. A record held to date.

Ofori has Wes Brown and Phil Neville of Man Utd to deal with
Essiential- Belter of a goal 
The no nonsense midfielder played in 5 semifinal ties in the UEFA Champions League, the most by any African player. In the 2009/10 semifinal, the player who represented Liberty Professionals before moving to Europe scored a Puskas Award contender. On the 9th minute mark, Lampard's shot deflected off Yaya Toure falling into the path of an on rushing Micheal Essien who sent a pole driver past Valdez into the right roof of the net. Stamford Bridge applauded.

Ishmael Addo scores everywhere 
Having left the shores of the country as a three time Goal King of the Ghana League, the speedy goal poacher joined Macabi Tel Aviv in July 2004 and scored on his debut game. Debut game, debut goal. He scored in a 2-1 win over Greece side PAOK in the third round qualifiers of the 2004/5 Champions League. He went on to represent the club alongside fellow Ghanaian, John Paintsil in the group stages against clubs like Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax. Addo is one of the few players to score in both the African and European Champions Leagues.

The maestro,  Abedi,  tears away from an AC Milan defender
African Pele 
It was the maiden final after the competition was rebranded in 1992. A virgin trophy for grabs as AC Milan did battle with Olympic Marseille. Abedi Pele led Marseille to a memorable win with a man of the match display. His left footed corner led to Boli's match wining goal for the French club. The three times African Player of the year did show up!

Prince Boateng gets AC Milan's 400th European Cup goal
Milan had 34% of the total ball possession but goals from Kevin Prince Boateng and Sule Muntari ensured that Barcelona were beaten at the San Siri in 2012/13. Boateng' a precise left footed effort after a kick ricocheted off Zapata and fell nice for him was the club's 400th goal in European football.

Prince is joined by Sule to celebrate his strike against Barcelona 
Do you have any memorable Ghanaian moment in the YEFA Champions League?  Drop it in the comment section below.


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