I don't feel respected and appreciated by Ghanaians despite my acheivement - Asamoah Gyan
Despite not being appreciated in Ghana, the 35-year-old claims that when he travels to other countries, he is worshipped.
Gyan was one of a select group of African superstars asked by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to assist in the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) draw.
The former Black Stars captain took part in the draw at Yaounde, Cameroon, alongside Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast and El Hadji Diouf of Senegal.
“I feel very honoured to be part of the legends to run this draw,” Gyan told Kumasi-based Kessben FM.
“I was a bit surprised but not too surprised because of the level I have reached in my football career. I’m not respected in Ghana but outside Ghana, I’m highly revered.”
The former Southampton striker owns a number of records, including being Ghana's all-time leading goal scorer with 51 goals.
He was also the first player from his country to score at the FIFA World Cup, and he is Africa's highest scorer with six goals.
Meanwhile, Gyan believes the Black Stars must undergo significant changes before they can eventually win the AFCON.
He pointed out that government and public politics have played a role in the country's long trophy drought.
He was perplexed as to why the team's winning bonuses would be made public before each competition.
“I have been with the national team for years and it is the desire of every player to win the Afcon but the politics among government in power and the citizens has hampered the team’s chances of winning the trophy,” Gyan told Asempa FM, as quoted by Adomonline.
“Why should the winning bonuses of the team be made public before any major tournament?"
Meanwhile, the Black Stars have been grouped with Morocco, Comoros, and Gabon in Group C of the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.