The Spezia forward opens up on his plans to make the Black Stars roster for Qatar and face the Portugal legend
Ghana attacker Emmanuel Gyasi is relishing the opportunity of facing idol Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup but acknowledges he would have to work as hard as possible to earn a spot on the Black Stars plane to Qatar.
The Spezia winger has never hidden his admiration for the Portugal star, whom he has had the privilege of meeting when the now Manchester United forward played for Juventus in the Italian Serie A.
At the World Cup, Ghana have been drawn in Group H which also features Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.
While Ghana’s flight to Qatar is secure, Gyasi’s spot on the travelling contingent is far from confirmed.
The Italy-born attacker of Ghanaian parentage made his international debut in March last year, going on to add two more appearances in June.
Having since received no further national call-ups, his job to get himself into the World Cup squad is pretty much cut out.
“I always work so hard to try to achieve my goals. I’m always trying to improve, in every game, in every training session,” said the 28-year-old.
Gyasi made his Ghana debut in a 1-1 draw with South Africa away in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The appearance marked a significant moment in his connection to the birth country of his parents.
“I was born in Italy and I love the culture here, but my parents are from Ghana. When I was young, I went to stay in Ghana for a while to stay with my grandparents. So I love the culture there too,” he explained.
“I always dreamed of playing for Ghana, so when I had my first call-up last year, it was an amazing moment for me and all of my family. They were very, very proud of me.”