In October 2009, Ghana became the first African country to win the U-20 World Cup which was held in Egypt.
Earlier on in the year, the team won the African U-20 World Youth Championship and it was a great time for youth football in Ghana.
Some of the players went on to greater heights with Andre Ayew helping Marseille to a French Ligue 1 title to end the dominance of Olympique Lyonnais.
Others players just disappeared which is understandable, but the career of Dominic Adiyiah is one of those stories in football which is just difficult to wrap your head around.
This is because Adiyiah was one of the most profilic goalscorers the World Youth Championship has ever seen.
World Youth Championships has provided players who went on to become successful such as Ronaldinho, Messi, Carlos Tevez, Neymar, Coutinho and Toni Kroos among a host of household names. This is the standard and list Adiyiah should have been a part of.
It's extremely sad to put him in the category of best young players who never made it the top of world football.
Adiyiah's Move to AC Milan Did Little to Help His Career
After a great performance at the U-20 World Cup and a call-up to the Black Stars for the FIFA WORLD Cup South Africa 2010, he made a move to AC Milan with the hopes of adding his name to the list of top Africans who have played for the team particularly, George Oppong Weah.
In 2010, AC Milan signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic from FC Barcelona and Robinho from Manchester City. The club also had Marco Borriello, Alessandro Pato and Filippo Inzaghi still on their books as strikers.
This made it impossible for Adiyiah to be part of Milan's first team.
Loans to Reggina in the lower ranks of Italian football did not help.
He was fortunate enough to make a loan move to Partisan Belgrade in Serbia which earned him Serbian Super league and Serbian Super Cup titles.
Adiyiah Plays In Thailand for a Team Unknown to Many Ghanaians and Africans
In Thailand, Adiyiah currently plays for Chiangmai United Football Club as at November 2020. His former teams are Karsiyaka (Turkey), Arsenal Kyiv (Ukraine), Atyrau, Nakhon Ratchasima FC (Thailand) and Sisakat (Thailand).
Adiyiah Has Fallen from Grace to Grass
Its not easy to go to a tournament and take home the Golden Ball and Boot.
Adiyiah shot himself in the foot when he joined AC Milan with so many established players in the team.
Mid-table teams all over Europe wanted his services and he chose a team of stars that loaned him off for the entire duration of his time in Milan.
At 31, Adiyiah has something to offer the football world. There are many teams in Europe's top 5 leagues who can benefit from his goal scoring exploits.
It's his career and his decision to play for any team he wants, but a former Golden Ball winner at a junior World Cup Tournament should be seen week in week out on our televisions.
What do you think ended Adiyiah's bright career? Was it his decision to join Milan? Or was it the story of one of those footballers who don't have luck?
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