The 2015-16 season has been something of a breakout campaign for Andre Ayew.
The 26-year-old winger for Swansea City of England’s Premier League — who had spent the previous five seasons in France’s Ligue 1 with the club Marseille — has scored a career-high 12 goals this season. He also helped Ghana’s national team to a silver medal at the most recent Africa Cup of Nations, where he was the tournament’s top goalscorer.
Ayew is a practicing Muslim who comes from a soccer family. His father, Abedi, is a three-time African Footballer of the Year. Andre has two uncles, Kwame and Sola, who played pro soccer. Andre also has two brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan, who currently play pro soccer.
Playing in front of larger audiences in the sport’s most popular and profitable league, Ayew is being recognized for his skills. He finished third in the voting for African Footballer of the Year behind winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and runner-up Yaya Toure.