Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Spanish La Liga club Las Palmas. Here are five things you did not know about the Ghanaian player.
German-born Ghanaian player Kevin-Prince Boateng joined Spanish La Liga side Las Palmas on Tuesday after spending the second half of last season with Italian Serie A club AC Milan.
The football life of Prince Boateng is an open book. The Ghanaian player started his senior club football career at Hertha BSC before joining English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur. The Las Palmas player was sent on loan to German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund before returning to play for Portsmouth in England.
Prince-Boateng transferred to AC Milan, played three years before going back to Germany to play for Schalke 04. The player was given a second stint at AC Milan last season before his transfer move to Spain.
Aside the transfer moves, here are five things you didn’t know about Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Boateng has a German mother and a Ghanaian father
Kevin-Prince Boateng has a German mother named Christine Rahn. His father is however from Ghana, the father of Prince Boateng’s half-brother Jerome Boateng. Jerome Boateng’s mother is Martina Boateng.
Kevin-Prince Boateng is still suspended by the Ghana Football Association
Kevin-Prince Boateng has played in two FIFA World Cup tournaments for the Black Stars of Ghana. In his last appearance at the 2014 edition in Brazil, there was trouble.
The Ghanaian midfielder allegedly insulted the then head coach of the Black Stars Kwesi Appiah. The player was suspended by the Ghana Football Association alongside international teammate Sulley Muntari.
Muntari has apologized and is available for selection but Kevin-Prince Boateng has not and is still suspended by the GFA.
He speaks four languages fluently
The Las Palmas player will probably add Spanish to his list of spoken languages by the time he leaves the La Liga club but Prince Boateng is already fluent in four languages. The Ghanaian speaks English, German, Italian and Turkish fluently. The player also understands French and Arabic. For the Ghanaian language Twi due to his time spent with the Black Stars, maybe, just maybe.
Boateng was once the most hated player in Germany
The 2010 FA Cup final in Enland was between Portsmouth FC and Chelsea. Kevin-Prince Boateng was a player of Portsmouth FC and played in the FA Cup final. A tackle on Michael Ballack who was playing for Chelsea left the Germany international with a torn ligament.
Michael Ballack ended up missing the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, a tournament in which Prince Boateng played for the Black Stars of Ghana.
The controversial incident saw some hate from Germany football fans for the player who had represented the country at junior level. Boateng was the most hated player in Germany.
Melissa Satta is Kevin-Prince Boateng’s second wife
Melissa Satta and Kevin-Boateng had their wedding in June 2016. Melissa is however, Boateng’s second wife.
The player and his first wife Jennifer Boateng got divorced before his union with Melissa Satta. Prince and Jenny have a son Jermaine-Prince.
Kevin-Prince Boateng has an arrangement to see his first child Jermaine every two weeks. The player’s battle for full custody was thrown out by a court in 2013.