Richmond Boakye

Richmond Yiadom Boakye (born 28 January 1993) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a forward for Beitar Jerusalem and the Ghana national football team.[2][3][4]

Richmond Boakye
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Boakye with Ghana in 2015
Personal information
Full name Richmond Yiadom Boakye
Date of birth (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Beitar Jerusalem
Youth career
2003–2006 Bechem United
2006–2008 D.C. United (Agogo, Ghana)
2008–2011 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Genoa 6 (1)
2011–2013Sassuolo (loan) 66 (21)
2013–2014 Juventus 0 (0)
2013–2014Elche (loan) 31 (6)
2014–2015 Atalanta 19 (3)
2015Roda (loan) 9 (0)
2016 Latina 33 (4)
2016–2017Red Star Belgrade (loan) 16 (12)
2017–2018 Red Star Belgrade 14 (15)
2018 Jiangsu Suning 15 (3)
2018–2020 Red Star Belgrade 33 (16)
2021 Górnik Zabrze 13 (0)
2021– Beitar Jerusalem 3 (2)
National team
2010–2013 Ghana U20 7 (3)
2012– Ghana 14 (6)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2017

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Accra, Greater Accrai,[5] Boakye began his career with Bechem United in his native country of Ghana.[6] He eventually moved to Agogo, Asante Akim North District based club, D.C. United[7] and remained until 2008 when he was scouted by Genoa C.F.C. following a tournament in Vicenza, Italy.[8]

GenoaEdit

Following his transfer to Genoa in 2009, Boakye spent the 2009–10 Serie A season, playing in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera for the Ligurian club.[9] On 3 April 2010, Boakye made his Serie A debut, in a match against Livorno. He came off the bench as a substitute for David Suazo in the 13th minute and scored the opening goal, and the match ended in a 1–1 draw.[10] On 2 May, he played in his second match, replacing Giuseppe Sculli as a 71st minute substitute. In the process he played often for Genoa's Primavera side, winning the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Primavera with the Rossoblu.[11][12]

SassuoloEdit

On 21 June 2011, Boakye officially joined Serie B outfit Sassuolo on a one-year loan deal[13] that proved very successful for the Ghanaian; he managed to score 12 goals in 36 appearances for the club that missed promotion to Serie A via a promotion play-off loss on aggregate to U.C. Sampdoria during the 2011–12.[14] His loan deal was extended for an extra year for the after signing for Juventus in 2012.[15] The following season, the 2012–13, he scored 11 league goals in 32 league appearances, ended as the club's joint top scorer and helped them to win the Serie B thus achieving direct promotion to Serie A and ensuring a first top-flight campaign ever in the club's history for the 2013–14 season.[14][16][17][18]

JuventusEdit

His performances for the Neroverde did not go unnoticed, as the player was eventually signed by reigning Serie A champions Juventus F.C. on a co-ownership deal from Genoa in July 2012. After joining the club, however, he returned to Sassuolo on a second season-long loan deal with the club.[15] Juventus paid nothing in cash but cancelled the transfer debt owed to Genoa with the sale of Ciro Immobile on a similar co-ownership deal in January 2012.

Boakye returned to Juventus on 30 June 2013 but was later loaned to Elche in Spain for the 2013–14 season.[19] He finished the season having scored 6 goals in 31 league appearances (12 starts) for the Spanish club, and returned again to Juventus on 30 June 2014, after the co-ownership with Genoa was renewed just ten days prior.[20]

AtalantaEdit

On 21 July 2014, Genoa sold half of Boakye's 50% registration rights to Atalanta[21] for €1.3 million,[22] with Juventus retained the other half. On 23 June 2015, Atalanta bought Boakye outright from Juventus for €1.6 million.[23]

On 31 August 2015, Boakye left for Dutch club Roda JC.[24]

LatinaEdit

In January 2016, Boakye was sold to Latina in a temporary deal, with an obligation to sign outright at the end of season for an undisclosed fee.[25]

Red Star BelgradeEdit

In January 2017, he came on a year-and-a-half loan to a Serbian team Red Star Belgrade.[26] Boakye impressed at Red Star Belgrade with his performances based the time he spent from January to May in the club. He scored an impressive 16 goals in 19 games in all competitions, and won the best player of the week on two occasions within the Serbian Superliga.[27]

The season was marked by fierce rivalry between Red Star and Partizan and the owner of the trophy was decided only in the last round of the championship and ended up in Partizan hands, with Red Star finishing second. He made 18 appearances, spent 1375 minutes in game, and scored 16 goals. He was unable to fight for the league top scorer title as he arrived during winter break and missed the first half of the season. His great performances influenced Ghana national team coach James Kwesi Appiah to ask Boakye to join the Ghana national team as soon as he gets released by Red Star for summer holidays.[28] Boakye also became a free agent on 29 May, after the bankruptcy of Latina.[29]

Red Star Belgrade signed Boakye on a permanent deal on 27 June 2017.[30] He started the season with 5 goals in the first 3 games of qualifying matches of the club in 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.[31][32][33] He added two more goals in his fifth and sixth games of Europa League qualifying match appearances.

On December 14, 2017, he was elected by the direction board as the Red Star player of the year in 2017.[34] His performances with Red Star attracted the interest of numerous foreign teams in the winter of 2017–18. Chelsea and their coach Antonio Conte had scouted him closely over the course of the 2017–18 winter transfer window.[35]

Jiangsu SuningEdit

On 27 February 2018, Boakye was transferred to Jiangsu Suning for a reported  5.5 million fee.[36]

Return to Red Star BelgradeEdit

On 31 August 2018, Boakye signed a new 2.5-year contract with an optional one-year extension for Red Star in a 2.5 million transfer, just six months after the transfer to Jiangsu Suning.[37] He contributed to Red Star's 2018-19 UEFA Champions League campaign, as the team qualified to the group stage for the first time after 27 years. After becoming the best foreigner goalscorer in the history of the club, Boakye became the first foreigner to wear a Red Star jersey over two separate terms. On 15 September 2018, he scored a brace against Radnik Surdulica in his first match since returning to Red Star.[38] On 23 September 2018, he scored a header against Partizan in the eternal derby, which ended in a 1-1 tie.[39]

Górnik ZabrzeEdit

On 9 February 2021, Boakye signed a short-term contract with Polish football club Górnik Zabrze until the end of the 2020–21 season on a free transfer with an option to extend.[2][3][4]

Beitar JerusalemEdit

On 20 July 2021, Boakye signed for Beitar Jerusalem.[40]

International careerEdit

Boakye received an international call-up by the Ghana national team for the friendly match against China at the Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou on 15 August 2012.[41] Boakye scored his first goal for Ghana on his debut, an equaliser in the 80th minute of the match.[42] He also played for Ghana at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, winning the bronze medal.

Personal lifeEdit

Whilst on loan playing for Elche in the La Liga in 2013, Boakye revealed that he is Real Madrid fan even though when he was growing up everyone in his family supported Manchester United and Barcelona.[43]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of end of 2020-21 season[44]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genoa 2009–10 Serie A 3 1 0 0 - - - - 3 1
2010–11 4 0 1 0 - - - - 5 0
Total 7 1 1 0 - - - - 8 1
Sassuolo (loan) 2011–12 Serie B 34 10 2 2 - - - - 36 12
2012–13 32 11 0 0 - - - - 32 11
Total 66 21 2 2 - - - - 68 23
Elche (loan) 2013–14 La Liga 31 6 2 1 - - - - 33 7
Atalanta 2014–15 Serie A 19 3 3 2 - - - - 22 5
Roda JC (loan) 2015–16 Eredivisie 9 0 1 0 - - - - 10 0
Latina 2015–16 Serie B 17 1 0 0 - - - - 17 1
2016–17 16 3 0 0 - - - - 16 3
Total 33 4 0 0 - - - - 33 4
Red Star 2016–17 SuperLiga 16 12 4 4 - - - - 20 16
2017–18 14 15 0 0 14 8 - - 28 23
30 27 4 4 14 8 - - 48 39
Jiangsu Suning 2018 Super League 15 3 1 0 - - - - 16 3
Red Star 2018–19 SuperLiga 15 13 0 0 3 0 - - 18 13
2019–20 SuperLiga 10 1 2 1 13 4 - - 25 6
2020–21 SuperLiga 8 2 2 0 3 0 - - 13 2
Total 33 16 4 1 19 4 - - 56 21
Górnik 2020–21 Ekstraklasa 13 0 1 0 0 0 - - 14 0
Beitar Jerusalem 2021–22 Israeli Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Career total 246 81 19 10 33 12 - - 307 103

InternationalEdit

As of 5 September 2017
National team Year Apps Goals
Ghana 2012 3 1
2013 4 1
2015 4 2
2016 0 0
2017 1 2
Total 12 6

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first.[45]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 August 2012 Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an, China   China PR
1–1
1–1
Friendly
2 10 January 2013 Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Egypt
2–0
3–0
Friendly
3 28 March 2015 Stade Océane, Le Havre, France   Senegal
1–2
1–2
Friendly
4 1 September 2015 Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Congo   Congo
1–1
3–2
Friendly
5 1 September 2017 Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Congo   Congo
1–0
5–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 5–1

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Genoa Primavera[12]

Sassuolo[14]

Red Star Belgrade[46]

InternationalEdit

Ghana U20

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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