Ghana duo, Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew, say even though the play with pride for their country, they also deserve to be paid.
The Ghanaian national team was involved in a bonus row during the World Cup and the Ghanaian FA had to fly in about $3 million in cash to be distributed among the squad, while other teams donated their earnings to charity.
However, Ayew and Gyan dismissed reports that the Ghana players are selfish and only focussed on money.
“Which teams gave all their bonuses out to charity?” Olympique Marseille star, Andre Ayew, said in response to a question at a Black Stars press conference on Wednesday.
“Bonuses for any Ghanaian player is deserved. We love our country but we are also working.
“It is our job. Do you know what we have done for people in Ghana?
“We don’t need to make these things public, we do it from our hearts. We do charity all the time and sometimes not even monies we get from the Black Stars.
“Money is not football and football is not money. Charity or giving out are things we do and we don’t need to come out and tell everyone what we do.
“The monies in any case are spent in Ghana. The earnings from our clubs are used in Ghana.
“Whether we buy land or use it on our family, it stays in Ghana.”
Ghana captain and World Cup record-scorer, Asamoah Gyan, backed the comments made by his international teammate by adding: “We don’t take the money just for pleasure.
“We use it on our families and in Africa our friends are part of our families.
“Unlike Europe where a family is just a man, his wife and kids but in Africa it is different.
“I have a company in Ghana and pay 200 workers. I pay tax.
“We bring cars into this country and the duties we pay are sometimes even bigger than the $100,000.”
Ghana crashed out of the World Cup just one day after the players had received their bonus payments.
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