Discipline and hardwork pays. Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has received an award as the best foreign player in Asian for the year 2014. Despite being accused of murdering his close friend Castro, a Ghanian rapper, Gyan has kept a low profile and seems to be working extra hard on his football career.

The Asian Confederation (AFC) announced Gyan as the Best Foreign player late last month following his heroics in the 2014 Champions League where he emerged top scorer with 12 goals – two more than closest rival Al Hilal’s Nasser Al-Shamrani.

Gyan’s goals were however not enough as his side crashed out of the competition at the semi-final stage to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal. His goals and overall performance in the Champions League plus his ever-improving record in the UAE made him the obvious choice.

The former Sunderland man has won consecutive Goal King awards ever since making the unpopular move to the UAE in 2011. He is statistically, the best African player in 2014 – a record that has earned him his second nomination for the CAF African Player of the Year award which will be revealed early next year in Lagos.