Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA)
Jonathan Mensah was born on 13th July 1990. (popular known as Jonathan) He is a professional footballer from Ghana who plays as a defender for Columbus Crew SC and He has represented Ghana at two World Cups.
To avoid confusion with the similarly named but unrelated John Mensah, he is typically known as and plays with the name “Jonathan” on his shirt.
Ashanti Gold and Free State Stars
Jonathan started his career professionally with Free State Stars in the 2008 before He moved to Ashanti Gold. In July 2009, there was rumors about a possible transfer to Greek club Panathinaikos, but Jonathan ultimately decided to stay at his South African club.
Udinese and Granada loan
Jonathan signed for Udinese in In January 2010,and was sent to Spanish club Granada on loan.
On 8 July 2011, Jonathan signed a contract deal with newly promoted French Ligue 1 side Evian for undisclosed fee.
During the 2012-13 season, Jonathan played six games with the reserve side in the Championnat de France Amateur level 2.before returning to the first team in 2013, and featured in the club’s opening game of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 campaign.
On 25 May 2015, Mensah was served a four months ban by FIFA in a breach-of-contract case, that judged that Mensah was still contracted to Udinese when he joined Evian four years prior claiming to be a free agent.
On 23 February 2016, he penned a 2.5-year contract with the Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala.
Columbus Crew SC
On 3 January 2017, it was announced that the MLS club Columbus Crew SC had signed Mensah as their second designated player.
Jonathan played for Ghana under 20 youth championship in Kigali and helped Ghana claim the prestigious cup In 2009. Jonathan was promoted to the Ghana senior team for 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa where he represented the country wearing the number 8 jessy usually worn by Michael Essien. Jonathan fused into Ghana national team as a central defender as partner for John Mensah in the absence, through injury, of first-choice centre back Isaac Vorsah. Jonathan played in two out of the three group stage games for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and also in the round of 16 win against United States.
On 2 June 2014, Mensah was named in Ghana’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the team’s opening match, he was in the starting line-up for the Black Stars against the United States in a 2–1 defeat. Mensah played every minute of Ghana’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, helping them reach the final, where they lost in a penalty shootout against the Ivory Coast.