It is with heavy hearts that we write to inform you that former Ghana International, Christian Gyan has passed away at the age of 43, following an unsuccessful prolonged fight against cancer.
Gyan played in the Netherlands in his hay days, featuring for both Feyenoord and Excelsior and battled with cancer for years before eventually succumbing to the disease. He enjoyed a successful playing career which spun beyond a decade in Europe.
He began his playing career with Gapoha before moving on to join Feyenoord in 1996, where he became somewhat of a cult hero amongst the fans. He helped the club lift the Eredivisie title, the Johan Cruyff shield and the UEFA Cup amongst others.
Christian Gyan’s death was confirmed by former teammate Bonaventure Kalou, who took to social media to mourn his passing
In an Instagram post, Kalou wrote: “Rest well my brother you fought hard, my heart goes to Anita and the Kids…”
Gyan was quite open about his illness and financial struggles before his death, once disclosing how well fans of Feyenoord treated him.
“Almost all people who work in the ports of Rotterdam are Feyenoord supporters. They sometimes take a picture with me,” he said, as quoted by the Graphic Sports.
“We talk a lot about the time. I still played in De Kuip I know that what I experienced is something that people dream of all their lives I stood on the field in a sold-out De Kuip I won prizes with a great club No one is too big for the harbor, why would I be? Because I was a footballer? That’s just a job.”