Former Black Stars forward, Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed in a latest interview what made him the villain amongst Germans. According to Boateng, his tackle on Michael Ballack during an English FA Cup fixture between his former club Portsmouth and Chelsea, a game which saw Chelsea beat their opponents 1-0 against top bookmarkers odds. The game also ruled out the German star player out of the 2010 World Cup after Boateng’s tackle.
About nine years ago, Kevin-Prince Boateng has finally shed light on his troubles after his tackle on Michael Ballack. Surprisingly, it was during that period Boateng switched international allegiance to the country of his father.
Boateng thus came under intense criticism from the German fans for an allegedly ‘deliberate and malicious challenge’ ruled Die Mannschaft’s captain out of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. Additionally, the Black Stars of Ghana were drawn in the same group with Germany at the World Cup.
Boateng told Goal.com
“This question about what such an incident does to you is easy to answer: It destroys you. But I’m a fighter. I’ve always reminded myself that I\’m a boy from Wedding, a district in Berlin and there’s nothing able to pull me down.
But I have to say that I was really bad for a while, but then comes the point where it gets better again. I tried to move on and somehow forget about it.”
Boateng was born to a German mother so he represented the Europeans at various youth levels before pledging his future to the Black Stars of Ghana just before the 2010 World Cup. At the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, Kevin-Prince and his brother Jerome faced each other again.
Currently Kevin-Prince Boateng is playing for Spanish Barcelona, he is on loan from Sassuolo.
A midfielder who can also play as a forward, Boateng is known for his strength, footspeed and ball-juggling tricks and many top bookmarkers never saw his move to Barcelona coming.