Jordan Pierre Ayew (born 11 September 1991) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the Ghana national team. He is the son of former Ghana captain Abedi Pele and brother of André Ayew, who plays for Swansea City.
Ayew warming up for Ghana in 2015
|Full name||Jordan Pierre Ayew|
|Date of birth||11 September 1991|
|Place of birth||Marseille, France|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2014||→ Sochaux (loan)||17||(5)|
|2018–2019||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||20||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:52, 16 December 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:38, 18 November 2019 (UTC)
Ayew joined Marseille as a trainee in 2006. He signed a three-year professional contract with Marseille in 2009. Jordan Ayew made his debut for the senior team on 16 December 2009 in a league match, scoring the equaliser against Lorient. Marseille went on to win the match 2–1. Ayew scored his second goal against Nice at the Stade Vélodrome on 27 April 2011 in a match which saw his elder brother André Ayew score a hat-trick. On 1 November 2011, Jordan and André both started a UEFA Champions League match for the first time against Premier League outfit Arsenal.
On 6 January 2014, he joined Ligue 1 rivals Sochaux on a loan deal until the end of the 2013–14 season.
On 28 July 2014, Ayew signed a four-year contract with Lorient. Ayew explained the style and quality of play that Lorient proposed was the reason behind the decision.
On 27 July 2015, Ayew joined Aston Villa on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £8 million. He scored his first goal for the club on 24 October 2015 against his elder brother's club, Swansea City, in the 62nd minute. Aston Villa were relegated at the end of the 2015–16 season, winning only 17 points, but Ayew did end the season as their top scorer, albeit with just seven goals.
On 31 January 2017, Jordan Ayew joined Swansea City until the end of the 2019-20 season in exchange for Welsh International defender Neil Taylor, plus a fee from Swansea that can rise to £5 million if undisclosed future conditions are met. Jordan's elder brother was a Swansea City player during the 2015–16 season and later joined him in the winter transfer window of 2018.
Ayew made his first senior appearance for Ghana on 5 September 2010, in a 3–0 2012 AFCON Qualification match win against Swaziland, at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba, Swaziland. On 1 June 2012, Ayew scored his first and second international goals in a 2014 World Cup qualification match win against Lesotho, at the Kumasi Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana. In December 2011, Ayew was named to the Ghana national team provisional 25-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, and in January 2012 he was selected for the tournament's 23-man squad.
In June 2014, he was included in the Ghanaian squad for the 2014 World Cup. In Ghana's last warm-up match before the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on 9 June 2014, Ayew came on as a first-half substitute for the injured Majeed Waris and ended up scoring a hat-trick in a 4–0 victory over South Korea.
Jordan Ayew was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations team in Equatorial Guinea that took a silver medal as result of losing out to Ivory Coast on a penalty shoot out whom they clinch the African Cup, which occurred on 8 February 2015.
Ayew is the son of Maha Ayew and Abedi Pele. His father, uncles Kwame and Sola, and brothers André and Ibrahim are all current or former professional footballers as well as a sister, Imani. Ayew is a practising Muslim.
|Crystal Palace (loan)||2018–19||20||1||5||1||—||25||2|
|1.||1 June 2012||Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana||3–0||7–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||9 June 2014||Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, United States||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|6.||5 February 2015||Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea||1–0||3–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|7.||14 June 2015||Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana||2–0||7–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|9.||17 November 2015||Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana||2–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10.||24 March 2016||Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana||3–0||3–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|11.||29 January 2017||Stade d'Oyem, Oyem, Gabon||1–0||2–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations|
|12.||18 November 2018||Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||1–0||2–0||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|14.||25 June 2019||Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt||2–1||2–2||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|15.||2 July 2019||Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt||1–0||2–0|
|16.||18 November 2019||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho, São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe||1–0||1–0||2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
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