Christian Gyan passes on at age 43
Christian Gyan, a former Ghanaian defender, has died at the age of 43. Gyan, who played for Feyenoord and Excelsior in the Netherlands, died of a fatal illness. Christian Gyan passes on at age 43.
He began his career with Gapoha before joining Feyenoord in 1996, where he ascended to become a fan favorite.
He also won the Eredivisie title, the Johan Cruijff Shield, and the UEFA Cup during his time with the club.
Gyan’s death was verified by former teammate Bonaventure Kalou, who expressed his grief on social media.
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“Rest well my brother, you battled hard, my heart goes to Anita and the Kids…” Kalou posted on Instagram.
Gyan had a terrible time following his retirement in 2010 and was candid about his illness and financial difficulties.
With the support of a Feyenoord sponsor, he was able to find a job at the port of Rotterdam, and the club’s fans also collected monies for him.
Gyan revealed how nicely Feyenoord supporters treated him while he worked at the dock in a prior interview with AD Sportwereld ten years ago.
“Almost everyone who works in Rotterdam’s ports is a Feyenoord supporter. “Every now and again, they snap a picture with me,” he remarked, according to Graphic Sports.
“We spend a lot of time talking about the time.” I continued to play in De Kuip. I know what I did was something many people dream of their entire lives: I stood on the field in front of a sold-out De Kuip and won prizes with a fantastic club. Why would I be too big for the port if no one else is? Because I used to play football? It’s only a job.”
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In response to his financial difficulties, Gyan stated: “Because I had God in my heart, I was able to assist those individuals. However, the funds eventually ran out. My own goodness had made me a victim.
“When there had money, we didn’t think twice about helping others.” I didn’t start thinking until everything was gone. Feyenoord was a fantastic experience for me. All of the highlights were saved in scrapbooks.
“I’m proud to have been there, and I believe there is still a lot of respect for what I did in Rotterdam.” But I never feel superior to others. Why would I do that?”
Gyan is believed to have suffered from seizures, forcing him to leave the port following his retirement.