Abedi Ayew, most commonly known as Abedi Pele, is a former Ghanian international football player who used to feature prominently during the 1980s and 1990s. He went onto become the captain of the Ghanian national football team and was named the African Footballer of the Year in 1991,1992 and 1993. He was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Abedi Pele is regarded as one of Africa’s finest ever footballer and the best footballer of Ghana. He started his career at Real Tamale United and soon went onto do higher things. He was one of the first African players who made a massive impact in European football. Pele played for sides in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France. He played for French giants Marseille during the early 1990s and was one of the instrumental players for them, winning the league four times. He played for Lille and Lyon as well as for Zurich. He also play for Torino and 1860 Munich too. He was actually the “man of the match” during the 1993 UEFA Champions League final between Marseille and AC Milan.
Abedi Pele made his international debut for Ghana in 1981 and went onto play for his nation until 1998. He featured in 73 international matches and scored 33 goals. He was the captain of his national team between 1992 and 1998 and was one of the first African football players to be rated highly in the FIFA World Player of the Year list in 1991 and 1992. He won the France Football Magazine African Player of the Year award thrice and the BBC Sports Person of the Year and the Confederation of African Football twice.
Abedi Pele also won the Golden Ball award at the 1992 African Cup of Nations. He won the African Cup of Nations with the Ghanaian national football team in 1982. He holds the record for the most number of apprearance.