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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Footy Pie: Abedi Pelé Ayew: "The Torino Fans Are Magnificent."


Image courtesy of The Footy Pie.

From left, former soccer champions, Rabah Madjer of Algeria, Abedi "Pele" Ayew of Ghana, Ruud Gullit of the Netherlands and Luis Figo of Portugal pose with a "Golden Foot award for their career" during a press conference ahead of the ceremony of the "Golden Foot" awards in Monaco, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.

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From left, Rabah Madjer of Algeria, Abedi Pelé Ayew of Ghana, Ruud Gullit of the

Netherlands, and Luis Figo of Portugal with the "Golden Foot" career award in
Montecarlo, Monaco, on 10 October 2011.

Most of the footballing world, regardless of age and locale, knows the legendary name of Pelé. But more than one great talent has been known by this fabled name. Abedi "Pelé" Ayew was one of the most decorated African players of all-time. He was born in Dome, near Accra, Ghana, and would play professionally in France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Qatar, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. According to the Daily Observer, Ayew was the captain of the Black Stars of Ghana for six years making 73 appearances and scoring 33 goals. He was the first African footballer to win the prestigious African Player of the Year by France Football on three consecutive occasions.

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Golden Foot Career Award

On 10 October 2011 in Montecarlo, Ayew was awarded another distinction: A Golden Foot Career Award with his contemporaries, Luis Figo, Rabah Madjer and Ruud Gullit. (2)

While at the ceremony, Pietro Razzini of La Gazzetta dello Sport spoke with Abedi Pelé Ayew about his time with Torino and other themes. He discussed his relationship with the fans, how he still follows Torino in Serie B, a prediction about African football, a look back into time on a Champions League memory, and his opinion about rising Ghanian talent, Kevin-Prince Boateng.

To read more of my commentary and translation at The Footy Pie, please click here.

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