Crystal Palace Ghanaian forward, Jordan Ayew, has said coming from the Ayew family as a footballer comes with a lot of pressure to perform.
Jordan is the son of Ghana and Olympique Marseille legend, Abedi Pele Ayew, who has set extraordinary records to follow coming from the Ayew family.
Abedi Pele won several laurels as an individual and with clubs; the 55-year-old won three African footballer of the year awards, the UEFA Champions League with Marseille in 1993, and was also in the thick of things when Ghana won its last AFCON in 1982.
Jordan, 29, who had an impressive campaign with Palace last season. He admitted being an Ayew comes with a lot of expectations and criticism.
“There is pressure with being an Ayew, of course,’ he says. ‘Whenever you go somewhere, people just say, ‘It’s because of his dad’. Do I ever think my career would have been easier if I wasn’t an Ayew? It would certainly have been different”, he told the Dailymail.
He added: “People back home expect a lot from us,’ he says. ‘Sometimes when I play for the national team, I see my family in the stadium and I see their faces — it’s like they have more pressure than us.”
“Sometimes my mum and aunties can’t watch because they hear the comments of people around them — it’s just a football game.
‘But I’m really proud to be part of this family. Dad has raised the bar so high. He has made us proud and raised the family to a new level.
“It isn’t always easy for us guys coming from behind to represent, though we are trying our best to keep our family name as high as possible.”
The former Aston Villa striker scored nine goals last season to become Ghana’s top scorer of all-time in the Premier League, with 25 goals, surpassing compatriot, Tony Yeboah, who has 24 goals.