120. That is the number of goals Anthony Yeboah scored in the European leagues of Germany’s Bundesliga and the English Premier League becoming the Ghanaian footballer to score the most goals in at least the Top 5 European Leagues of Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France – a record that has stood for at least 19 years.
The former Black Stars striker who scored 29 goals in 59 games for Ghana remains the most prolific Ghanaian goalscorer ever in mainstream European football leagues and his record of 120 goals in 270 matches across the Bundesliga and the Premier League is nearly unbreakable.
Yeboah scored 68 times in the Bundesliga for Frankfurt between 1990 and 1995 before parking his things for England in January 1995 where he joined Leeds United and there he scored further 24 goals in 47 games in the Premier League some of which were screamers and thunderbolts.
The great Yeboah came back to Germany where he had unfinished business in the popular Bundesliga and during his second coming he did 28 more league goals for Hamburg before calling time on his illustrious European career.
By the time he left Germany in 2001 to sign for Al-Ittihad in Qatar he had scored massive 120 goals in the Bundesliga and the Premier League combined. What a player.
The next Ghanaian player with most goals in the best European leagues is Andre Ayew – currently playing in England’s second tier called the Championship – has 68 goals in 270 matches in the Ligue 1 of France and the Premier League of England.
Andre’s brother Jordan Ayew comes third with 56 goals in 288 appearances so far having scored his latest league goal just over the weekend against Bournemouth.
Impossible is one word often not used in football but with this record of 120 goals of Tony, it is hard to imagine someone breaking this record anytime soon.