Former Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has advised social commentators and football fans to criticise him without pouring insults on him.
The countryâ€™s all-time goal scorer with 51 goals has been the centre of criticism for Ghanaian football.
Speaking on JoyFMâ€™s Super Morning Show on Monday on how he handles backlash, he said, â€œIâ€™m human. Sometimes, it would get to you. Sometimes too, youâ€™d be strong. In this world, nobody has to like you. That is why we keep on pushing.â€
He added that amid the backlash, â€œyou want to prove your critics wrong. Sometimes, you want to prove to people who think you cannot do it. So, it is part of lifeâ€.
Gyan became the centre of discussion during the 2010 World Cup after missing a penalty kick against Uruguay, which could have sent the Black Stars into the semi-finals.
A similar occurrence happened during the semi-finals of the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AfCON) against Zambia.
Breaking his silence then in an interview with his former team, Al-Ain, Gyan said, â€œIt is hard for a footballer to miss a penalty kick, but it happens in big championships as we saw in football history and it is destiny to shoot a penalty kick in a decisive time.â€
â€œAt these moments they have double responsibility. Many feelings simultaneously strike the players as they shot penalty kicks at this moment. In addition, he feels afraid of losing an ideal chance; it is a matter of luck mostly.â€
The footballer has received a lot of backlash following the misses.
However, the forward advised critics to critique him based on facts without attaching any personal sentiments.
â€œYou can criticise me. Why not? This is the job I chose to do, and Iâ€™m for the people. When you criticise me with facts, then we go. Sometimes, people attack you personally. Itâ€™s like a personal thing. That is where I donâ€™t get it.â€
Amidst the criticisms, Gyan understands that â€œAt the end of the day, football, weâ€™re for the people. Asamoah Gyan scores today; heâ€™s the best player in the world. He misses tomorrow; heâ€™s the worst player. It all comes with the territory.â€