Jordan Ayew

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.

Jordan Ayew
Ayew warming up for Ghana in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jordan Pierre Ayew[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991[2]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2006 Lyon Duchère
2006–2009 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Marseille 111 (14)
2014Sochaux (loan) 17 (5)
2014–2015 Lorient 31 (12)
2015–2017 Aston Villa 51 (9)
2017–2019 Swansea City 50 (8)
2018–2019Crystal Palace (loan) 20 (1)
2019– Crystal Palace 16 (4)
National team
2010 Ghana U20 1 (1)
2010– Ghana 58 (16)
* 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)

Club career


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.[4] 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.[5]


On 28 July 2014, Ayew signed a four-year contract with Lorient.[6] Ayew explained the style and quality of play that Lorient proposed was the reason behind the decision.

Aston Villa

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.[7][8] He scored his first goal for the club on 24 October 2015 against his elder brother's club, Swansea City, in the 62nd minute.[9] 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.

Swansea City

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.[10] 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.[11]

Crystal Palace

On transfer deadline day 2018, Ayew joined Crystal Palace on loan for the 2018–19 season.[12]

On 25 July 2019, Ayew made the move permanent with a £2.5m transfer from Swansea City on a three-year deal.[13]

International career

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.[14][15] 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.[16] In December 2011, Ayew was named to the Ghana national team provisional 25-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations,[17] and in January 2012 he was selected for the tournament's 23-man squad.[18]

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.[19][20]

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.

Personal life

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.[21]

Career statistics


As of 16 December 2019[22]
Club Season League Cup[lower-alpha 1] Europe[lower-alpha 2] Total
Marseille 2009–10 41000041
2010–11 2224030292
2011–12 3435460457
2012–13 35730934710
2013–14 1611051222
Total 1111413423414722
Sochaux (loan)[lower-alpha 3] 2013–14 17510185
Lorient 2014–15 3112213313
Aston Villa 2015–16 30760367
2016–17 21211223
Total 519715810
Swansea City 2016–17 14100141
2017–18 367844411
Total 508845812
Crystal Palace (loan)[lower-alpha 4] 2018–19 20151252
Crystal Palace 2019–20 16410174
Total 36561426
Career total 29653371123435668
  1. Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions (France), FA Cup and EFL Cup (England)
  2. Includes UEFA Supercup, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League
  3. On loan from Marseille
  4. On loan from Swansea City


As of match played on 18 November 2019[23][24]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Ghana 201020

International goals

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first.[23]
1.1 June 2012Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana Lesotho3–07–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.9 June 2014Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, United States South Korea1–04–0Friendly
6.5 February 2015Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea1–03–02015 Africa Cup of Nations
7.14 June 2015Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana Mauritius2–07–12017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
9.17 November 2015Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana Comoros2–02–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10.24 March 2016Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana Mozambique3–03–12017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11.29 January 2017Stade d'Oyem, Oyem, Gabon DR Congo1–02–12017 Africa Cup of Nations
12.18 November 2018Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopia1–02–02019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
14.25 June 2019Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt Benin2–12–22019 Africa Cup of Nations
15.2 July 2019Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt Guinea-Bissau1–02–0
16.18 November 2019Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho, São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe1–01–02021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification




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