Sulley Muntari began his club career in 2000 with Liberty Professionals in Accra and had become a regular starter in the Ghanaian national under-20 team. By the age of 16 he had become one of the most sought after young footballers in the world, impressing in a trial with Manchester United and gaining interest from a stack of European clubs including Manchester United.
He won his first senior cap for the Ghanaian national side, the ‘Black Stars’, against Slovenia on 17 May 2002 and became a regular fixture in Ghana’s 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. He has also played in Ghana’s Olympic, Afro Nations Cup and World Cup teams and has, to date, been capped 73 times for his country.
Muntari left Fratton Park for Inter Milan who at the time were seeking strong midfielders. Although Redknapp was reluctant to let Muntari go, a four-year-contract with Inter Milan (worth €16 million plus), was eventually agreed.
One of Muntari’s most impressive performances for Inter involved scoring the winning goal against rivals Juventus in the 2008 Derby d’Italia. Muntari also won his first Scudetto (the prize for the winners of Italy’s Annual Football League competition) after his first season with the club.
On 29 January 2011, Sulley Muntari signed a loan deal with Sunderland for the remainder of the season. He returned to Inter in May 2011 and went on loan to AC Milan in January 2012 for the remainder of the season.
In December 2010, Sulley Muntari married Menaye Donkor, model, philanthropist and former Miss Ghana Universe. They live together in Milan but visit their home country of Ghana regularly.
When not playing football, Sulley likes to spend time with family and play FIFA on the Playstation, and is also a keen photographer. Whenever he is home in Ghana ‘Uncle Sulley’ is also kept busy by around 30 nieces and nephews.