7 things you don't know about Barcelona's signing Kevin-Prince Boateng
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7 things you don’t know about Barcelona’s signing Kevin-Prince Boateng

Barcelona sign Kevin-Prince Boateng as Luiz Suarez's back up

Kevin-Prince Boateng has moved to Barcelona on loan till the end of the current season. He has played in 7 different clubs across England, Spain and Germany.

However, there are 7 things you don’t know about him. They are:

1. He comes from a sporting family

Boateng’s half-brother is professional footballer Jérôme Boateng, who plays for Bayern Munich and the German international team. But beyond Jérôme, Kevin-Prince’s uncle, Robert Boateng, is a former professional footballer who also played for the Ghanaian national side, as well as club team Asante Kotoko. Additionally, Boateng’s cousin, Nyan Boateng, plays American football for the New England Patriots as a wide receiver in the NFL.

2. Boateng is a multi-linguist. He speaks four languages

Presumably from his time playing in Europe, Boateng speaks English, German, Italian, and Turkish fluently. He also claims to understand French and Arabic.

3. He was applauded by players for his stand against racism

In January 2013, Kevin-Prince Boateng was playing for AC Milan in a mid-season friendly match against Italian Lega Pro 2 side Pro Patria, when he and several of his team-mates were targeted by racist chanting from the crowd. He responded by kicking a ball into the stands and leaving the pitch, where he was followed by his team-mates. The match was subsequently suspended, and his actions were quickly lauded by various players and commentators within the football community.

4. Boateng was named as one of Africa’s sexiest sportsmen by DSTV

Kevin-Prince Boateng was once named by TV network DStv one of Africa’s sexiest sportsmen, which points to his marketability as a player. During an interview with La Gazetta dello Sport newspaper, Boateng revealed he does not think he is a star, and refused to talk about money or wealth. It is public knowledge that the footballer has amassed an impressive personal fortune from a variety of business ventures, commercial sponsors, and wages for over a decade of his professional career.

5. He was once one of the most hated people in Germany

In May 2010, Boateng was playing with Portsmouth FC in the FA Cup final against Chelsea, when he fouled Michael Ballack, the captain of the German national side. Ballack ended up injuring his ligament, thus missing the 2010 World Cup. The incident was extremely controversial, especially given that Boateng claims that Ballack slapped him in the face earlier in the match. That didn’t stop German football fans everywhere from cursing Boateng’s name for months.

6. He announced his international retirement in November 2011, but changed his mind

Citing fatigue from travel, Kevin-Prince Boateng announced he would no longer play internationally for the Ghanaian national team in November 2011. However, after missing the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cups of Nations, he chose to rejoin the Black Stars for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was sent home early.

7. Boateng has been banned from the Ghanaian national team indefinitely

Just hours before the final group match against Portugal at the 2014 World Cup, Kevin-Prince Boateng is said to have verbally abused Ghanaian manager James Kwesi Appiah, and was sent home, alongside team-mate Sulley Muntari. Boateng later described the decision of the Ghana Football Association as “amateurish.”

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