Ex-Ghana international midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has pulled the curtains on his professional football career.
The 33-year-old on Wednesday announced via his social media page he will be making a transition from football player to football agent.
Born on December 9, 1988, in Ghana’s capital city, Accra, Asamoah’s career in Italy can be regarded as the most successful Ghanaian to have played in the Italian Serie A.
His versatility helped him excel as a wing-back, left-back, in midfield and enjoyed a trophy-laden career with the Bianconeri.
He made 279 Serie A appearance for Udinese, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Cagliari and won 13 trophies during his over a decade-long stay in the Italian top-flight league. These trophies include six Serie A title, four Coppa Italia and three Italian Super Cups. He also scored 12 goals and provided 24 assists during his stay in Italy. Playing for the Black Stars of Ghana, Asamoah made 74 appearances, scored four goals and represented his nation at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and Brazil in 2014.
Following his retirement, Asamoah drew adoration from his ex-teammates on social media.
His former Udinese and Juventus team-mate Juan Cuadrado described him as an “excellent person and professional”.
Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah said: “Sharing the pitch with you was an absolute joy” while Asamoah Gyan, the country’s all-time leading goalscorer, wrote: “Great player by all standards. It was great to play with you.”
Current Ghana captain Andre Ayew, said: “Loved all the years and moments together. Enjoy your next chapter and stay blessed.”
The Ghana Football Association and the Black Stars also hailed Asamoah, using their official Twitter pages to do so.
“All the best in your new chapter legend,” the GFA posted, while the national team account added: “You served our country well, thanks for all the memories.”