Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he was forced to lie that Lionel Messi was the best player in the world to wear the Barcelona jersey.
The Ghana international admitted that he grew up supporting Real Madrid while playing for boyhood club Hertha Berlin.
However, Boateng joined Barcelona on loan from US Sassuolo in 2019.
During his unveiling at Barcelona, the former AC Milan and Tottenham forward he was compelled to say the Catalan club was his favourite team with Messi being the best in the world.
"I supported Hertha Berlin where I was born and then, sorry Blaugrana, Barcelona fans will hate me now but Real Madrid," he told FIVE UK.
"I couldn't say that at the press conference because they told me you can't say that, otherwise we can't play you. Two years earlier when I was playing for Las Palmas, I said in a press conference that the best player in the world is Ronaldo and in the galaxy Messi," he added.
"They say who is the best player in the world, you say Messi," he said, drawing a hilarious reaction from Rio Ferdinand and the crew.
"This is one of the biggest lies because I usually say the truth, but this one I had to lie because I wanted to put on the shirt for one time at Camp Nou," he added.
Boateng won the La Liga with the Catalan giants during his loan spell.