André Morgan Rami Ayew will turn 27 years old just before he suits up to represent his country at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, where he is expected to prove why he is considered one of the best African players of his generation.
André was born into a football family; he is the son of the legendary Abedi Ayew, who is nicknamed “Pele of Ghana” for his contribution to the sport at the international level. Ayew’s brothers also play football in professional leagues. Though he was born in France while his father played for Ligue 1 club Marseille, his African roots move him to play for the Black Stars of Ghana.
At the professional level, Ayew started his career with Marseille before going on a development loan at two other French clubs from 2008 to 2010. Upon his return to Marseille from the loan period, Ayew emerged as formidable winger who scored 60 goals over six seasons.
In 2015, Ayew transferred from the Ligue 1 to the more lucrative Barclays Premier League. Upon signing with Swansea City, other clubs became interested in his style of play and his dynamic presence on the pitch. Ayew does not exclusively attack; he is more likely to work with midfielders and move the ball down the flanks so that strikers can get into a position to score. Still, his first Premier League season resulted in 12 goals.
In August of 2016, Ayew signed a lucrative contract of about $25 million with West Ham United. Under the terms of the contract, Ayew would become a franchise player for West Ham. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in his debut match and was sidelined for several weeks. This may have been the reason why he was not nominated for the African Player of the Year Award by the Confederation of African Football.
Ayew’s return to West Ham after the injury has been welcomed by fans. He has yet to score for his new club, but he has been an important contribution to the left wing. He has been selected by the BBC for its African Player of the Year Award, and he is expected to be one of the football stars to watch at the Africa Cup of Nations along with Sadio Mané of Senegal and Yaya Touré of the Ivory Coast.