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Sulley Muntari

Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 13.53CET
AC Milan
Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 13.53CET

Sulley Muntari

AC Milan

Clubs: Liberty Professionals FC, Udinese Calcio, Portsmouth FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Sunderland AFC (loan), AC Milan

• Muntari entered the international spotlight early, helping Ghana finish runners-up at the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina while still only 16; made his Serie A debut for Udinese on 6 November 2002 in a 1-0 defeat by AC Milan and in 2005/06 played all six games in the Friulani's debut UEFA Champions League campaign.

• Was first capped at senior level by Ghana in May 2002 and represented the Black Stars at the 2006 FIFA World Cup; he was also a key performer at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring three goals as the team finished third.

• Joined Portsmouth in 2007 for a club-record fee, scoring four goals in 29 Premier League appearances and lifting the FA Cup; scored the winner from the penalty spot in a quarter-final against Manchester United FC at Old Trafford.

• Returned to Italy after one season, joining José Mourinho's Inter and winning the Scudetto; won the treble in 2009/10, making 27 Serie A appearances and featuring as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League final victory against FC Bayern München.

• Scored for Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final loss to Uruguay on penalties and ended the year by helping the Nerazzurri win the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

• A lack of first-team action prompted a six-month loan in January 2011 to Sunderland, where he linked up with international colleagues John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan.

• Switched to Inter's rivals AC Milan in January 2012, initially on loan, scoring on his league debut against AC Cesena and made the move permanent in the summer of 2012. 

• A knee injury kept him out of the first half of the 2012/13 season but came back strongly, scoring in Milan's 2-0 UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg win against FC Barcelona, though the tie would eventually be lost. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League:
 winner 2010 

Last updated: 23/09/13 16.01CET

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