5 Top Ghanaian Players Who Refused To Play For Ghana

It is very interesting is that there are in fact many players that are not exactly playing for their countries of origin.

Do you know how many Ghanaian players who didn’t play for ? There quite a number of them.

In this article, we’ll look at the top 5 players who didn’t play for Ghana:

Inaki Williams Arthur was born in Bilbao, Biscay, Spain, to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother.

His parents left Liberia for Spain as Refugees in the 90’s due to war crimes, which was how he ended up being born in Spain.

Inkai currently plays for Spanish side Athletic Bilbao as a winger and has racked up a number of goals to his name. Williams officially plays for the Spanish team, leaving his African side with no joy. 

Jerome Agyenim Boateng was born in Berlin, West Germany, to a Ghanaian father and German mother. He plays as a centre-back for Munich and is the half younger brother of Kevin Prince Boateng.

Jerome Has won several titles, including the German league. Before playing for the German side, he played for from 2010-2011, though he didn’t see many games. He represented Germany as an under 17 player and continued to the senior team.


These phrase revealed by Mario Balotelli after blasting a goal against in a derby match went on to become a global phenomenon that broke barriers.

This pretty much put Mario’s name on every mouth.

A lot is known about Mario club career and the Italian National Team, but the same can’t be said about his Ghanaian ancestry.

Mario is born to Ghanaian parents Thomas Barwuah and Rose Barwuah with both migrating to Italy where he was born. This meant he could have played for the black stars but chose to play for the country where he grew up.

Memphis Depay was born on 13th February 1994 in Moordrecht, Netherlands, to a Ghanaian father and a Dutch mother. As a Dutch citizen, he plays for the Netherlands national football team as a forward.

He has played for different teams, but his best highlight was with Manchester united.

However, his time with the club was short-lived as he could not really find his foot in a team going through a transitional phase after the retirement of their greatest manager.

When asked why he decided not to play for Ghana, Depay revealed it was because he didn’t want anything to do with his Ghanaian father, who abandoned him and his mother when he was only four years old. So thick is this bitterness that he even refuses to wear his father’s name on his jersey. 

Well, Georginio is more than those two goals.

The Netherlands international is a champions league and Premier League winner with , and he didn’t win both from the sidelines as he played a great role in both successes.

While Wijnaldum may be known for his club and international heroics, only limited information is available on his ancestry. Although both parents were ghanaians , but he however chose to play for Netherland.

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