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You become a criminal or you play football - Kevin-Prince Boateng speaks after retiring from football

Football News You become a criminal or you play football - Kevin-Prince Boateng speaks after retiring from football
AUG 15, 2023 LISTEN

Former Ghana attacker, Kevin-Prince Boateng has opened up why he chose to play football after announcing his retirement.

The former AC Milan and Barcelona forward announced his retirement from professional football over the weekend.

In a video, Boateng explained why he decided to become a footballer.

“You become a criminal or you play football, so I choose to play football,” the former Barcelona and AC Milan star said.

“I was always special from the first moment and I knew it. I was my biggest rival all the time. There’s no one else who can be my rival.

“Because no one is like me, no one thinks like me, no one has emotions like me. It’s just me and myself. I had to learn that as well, talent is nothing without hard work.”

The 36-year-old was born in Berlin, West Germany and grew up playing for Hertha Berlin’s youth side before being promoted to the senior team in 2005.

Despite his humble background, he went on to play for some of Europe’s best clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan.

He also lined up for AC Milan, Schalke O4, Barcelona, Fiorentina and Monza, before returning to Hertha Berlin for one last spell.

Boateng equally enjoyed a trophy-laden career, winning Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, DFB Pokal and La Liga.

For Ghana, he also played at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, earning a total of 15 caps while scoring two goals.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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