The Gifted One
Kevin Prince Boateng is a charismatic player who divides opinion amongst are Ghanaian fans. There are some who question his commitment to the cause and suggest he only shows up when there is a World Cup to be played given his acrimonious retirement in November 2011 where he citing fatigue from travel as the reason behind his decision. However just under a year later he was too return , was welcomed with open arms and he maintains he is now here to stay.
There is no doubt his return however timely or coincidental some suggest, is a huge boost to Ghana. An attacking midfielder by trade Boateng has been used in several positions across the forward line. He is known for his intense dynamism; physical strength, extreme aggression, endurance, immense work rate acrobatics, foot speed, and ball-juggling tricks. He is a gifted player capable of doing the unexpected that gives Ghana another option going forward.
Boateng started his career with the club Reinickendorfer Füchseoateng in Germany . He then signed for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga in July 1994. In 2006 he was nominated as one of the best youth players in Germany. Boateng left the Bundesliga in 2007 to play in the Premier League first Tottenham Hotspur and later for Portsmouth FC where he won a League cup and played the final of the FA Cup in 2010. He later moved to Genoa CFC and then AC Milan in Serie A, in 2011 where he remained until 2013 when he went back to Germany to signe for FC Schalke of the Bundesliga.
Boateng has eleven caps and two goals for the Ghana , and was among the ten players nominated for African Footballer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. In May 2010, Boateng announced that, as he was yet to receive his first senior cap for Germany and confirmed, he had accepted an offer from the GFA to play for Ghana. Boateng held his first training session with his team Black Stars in Ghana, prior the 2010 FIFA World Cup in May 2010. He was later cleared to play for Ghana by FIFA, and made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Latvia in June 2010.
He was one of the Ghana’s star players at World Cup 2010 in South Africa. His highlight coming in the second round against the USA where he opened the scoring with a powerful drive from long range. Though he received a huge backlash for his initial retirement, he is the backing of the majority and remains a vital part of Kwesi Appiah’s squad.
Kevin Prince Boateng, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!
Check out this amazing goal from Boateng whilst playing for Milan against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)