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Andre Morgan Rami ‘Dede’ Ayew is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Swansea City and captains the Black Stars of Ghana🇬🇭.
Born on 17th December, 1989 in Seclin, France. He is the second-born son of three-time African Footballer of the Year Abedi “Pele” Ayew.

Club Career
He had his youth career at 1860 Munchen in Germany(1996-1998).
He also had his youth career at his dad’s team Nania FC based in Accra where he played at both the youth and senior stage there(1999-2005).
In 2005, he signed with Marseille, and spent two seasons in the club’s youth academy before making his debut in the 2007–08 season. Ayew spent the following two seasons on loan with Lorient (2008-09) making 22 appearances and scoring 3 goals and helped Arles-Avignon (2009-10) gained promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time. He made 25 appearances at Avignon, scoring 4 goals. In 2010, he returned to Marseille and became an integral part of the first team under manager Didier Deschamps. He spent 5 seasons at Marseille and helped the team win the Coupe de la Ligue twice in 2010-11 & 2011-12. He made 208 appearances for Marseille and scored 61 goals.
On 10th June 2015, PL side Swansea City announced the signing of Ayew on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract. Ayew scored his first goal for the club on his debut against Chelsea on 8th August 2015 in a 2–2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Ayew was named Premier League Player of the Month for August 2015 and also received Swansea’s monthly award in August. He made 35 appearances at Swansea City, scoring 12 goals
On 8th August 2016, Ayew signed for West Ham United for a then club record fee of £20.5 million on a three-year contract, with the option of an extra two years. Ayew’s debut game for West Ham was on 15th August 2016 against Chelsea and lasted 35 minutes before he was substituted after sustaining a thigh injury in the game. His stay at West Ham United was bad because of the injuries he was sustaining. Ayew left West Ham in January 2018 having scored 12 goals in 50 games in all competitions.
On 31st January, 2018 he rejoined Swansea City on a transfer deadline day and made just 12 appearances.
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In July 2018, Ayew joined Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe on a season-long loan. He made 38 appearances there and scored 5 goals in all competitions.
In the 2019- 2020 season, he returned back to Swansea City and has really performed very well in this season’s Championship. In November 2019, he was named Deputy captain for Swansea City. He has made 24 appearances so far for Swansea City, scoring 9 goals and assisting 4. He was named the Championship Player for the Month of December 2019.

International careers
2009
At the youth level, Ayew represented Ghana at under-20 and captained the team to victory at both the 2009 African Youth Championship (beating Cameroon in the finals 2-0) and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup (beating Brazil on penalties 4-3) to become the first and only African country to win the U-20 world cup.

Dede made his senior Black Stars debut in 2007 against Senegal in a friendly coming as a late substitute. On 19th January, 2010 he scored his first Black Stars goal in the AFCON 2010 against Burkina Faso at the Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola. Dede was called up by then Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac to be part of his 2010 world cup team. He made his dream FIFA World Cup against Serbia were Ghana won 1-0 through Asamoah Gyan’s spotkick. He assisted Asamoah Gyan’s beautiful goal against USA at the Round of the 16 of the 2010 World Cup.

In February 2013, Dede retired from the Black Stars after a dispute with the GFA. Through the intervention of then Ministry of Youth and Sports and H.E. John Dramani Mahama he rescinded his decision of retiring.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup he scored his first ever senior world cup goal on 16th June 2014 against USA. On April 2019, he was named the captain of the Black Stars by then coach, James Kwesi Appiah. On 25th June, 2019, Black Stars captain Andre Ayew became the country’s all-time top scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations after scoring a goal against Benin. He has scored 9 goals in the AFCON. Dede has made 86 appearances for the Black Stars in all competitions, scoring 15 goals.

Honours
On 16th December, 2011, Andre “Dede” Ayew was named the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year for 2011. Ayew beat Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Samuel Eto’o and Seydou Keita to the title to become the 5th Ghanaian to win. He was also named Ghana Player of the year in 2011.

• Africa Cup of Nations runner-up: 2010, 2015; losing against Egypt (1-0) and Cote d’Ivoire (on penalties) respectively, third place: 2008 (beating Cote d Ivoire 4-2)
• Africa Cup of Nations Highest Scorer: 2015 with 3 goals
• Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2015
• CAF Team of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2015