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Ghana striker, Asamoah Gyan, says he is honoured to be part of the prestigious Goal 50 for the 2013-14 season.

The Goal 50 is a title presented by the world’s biggest single-sport website in recognition magnificent campaign by reigning world best footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, for Real Madrid’s long-awaited 10th Champions League crown.

Gyan could not hide his delight, expressing his gratefulness to “ his colleagues at the senior national team, the Black Stars and at Al-Ain for making the feat possible.”

“Without them I couldn't have achieved this laurel,” he stressed.

“It’s a big honour and “I’m very happy for this feat. I really appreciate it. I'm happy to become the first Ghanaian to be named in the respected Goal 50. I'm extremely happy and it means a lot to me that my performance is being recognised,”he added.

Cristiano Ronaldo was adjudged the overall winner after a record-breaking season. The Portuguese striker claimed the trophy from digital football brand Goal.com for the third time.

The 29-year-old, who also won the Copa del Rey, scored 51 goals in all competitions for club and country.

He shared the European Golden Shoe with Luis Suarez and also picked up the 2013 Fifa Ballon d'Or.

The Goal 50 is regarded as one of the most credible and respected awards in sport, chosen by over 600 Goal journalists, covering 35 editions around the world to a global audience of over 64 million users.

Voting takes place at the end of every domestic and international seasons for the majority of countries.

Ronaldo heads this year's list in front of second-placed Arjen Robben, who starred for Netherlands at the World Cup and helped Bayern to clinch four trophies in 2013/14 season.

2014 Goal 50 - Top 10

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

4. Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)

5. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

6. James Rodriguez (AS Monaco)

7. Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

8. Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid)

9. Arturo Vidal (Juventus)

10. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

35. Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain)

36. Daley Blind (Ajax)

37. Gervinho (AS Roma)

38. Paul Pogba (Juventus)

39. Rafael Marquez (Leon)

40. Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain)

41. Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

42. David Silva (Manchester City)

43. Ciro Immobile (Torino)
Source: Daily Graphic

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