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Club as Player Las Palmas
  AC Milan
  Borussia Dortmund

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng has claimed he received messages of gratitude from several Germany internationals after his foul ruled Michael Ballack out of the 2010 World Cup] The irony of it all. I received several messages from Germany internationals in which the tone was: ‘It’s good that he is not part of it’. Apparently there were a few in the Germany camp who, on the quiet, were happy that Ballack was not there. sHis standing in the team wasn’t all that good. Nobody was happy that he sustained an injury, least of all me, but many believed being without Ballack was the better option

[Boateng’s father, Prince, has previously said his son had personal issues with Ballack dating back to an on-field argument during a game between Hertha and Bayern Munich, and the pair have never held clear-the-air talks] You maybe sit down with someone who is a friend or with a person who is important to you. Ballack is not important to me; I am not important to Ballack

2017 02 11 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng speaks about meeting the late Nelson Mandela during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa] Nooo! Luckily he broke the ice, because you just stand there. It was the World Cup, people were calling me ‘David Black-ham’, going crazy for me. I was kind of like a star. We go into the room: ‘Hello … hello … hello’ He shook my hand, pulled me towards him and said: ‘My daughter wants to marry you’. I said: ‘Sorry, I already have a girlfriend’. He said: ‘No, no but I have others, more beautiful’. Everyone was laughing. The pity is we couldn’t take pictures because the flash hurt his eyes, so I only have one

2019 05 04 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng talks about playing under Jurgen Klopp during his Borussia Dortmund days] He knows exactly what he has to say to make you go on the pitch and die for him. He has this over all others. This has been seen in Dortmund and you can see it now in Liverpool. It even gives the players who do not play the feeling that they are important. With him as a coach there is a special feeling

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng says Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is a little boy who doesn’t know how it all works] He is very calm, does not talk much. He is still like a child for me. You have to take him as he is and it may be that he’s late [to training]. There are players who do that in defiance, but that’s different with him, he’s just like a little boy. One who earns a lot of money. One who is extremely public. You have to point him in the right direction. For me, he’s still a little boy who was thrown into this giant pool, suddenly cost €150m overnight, and still doesn’t know how it all works because he just wants to play football

2019 09 11b Retrieve

[Clemens Tonnies racist’s remark] […] Then the Africans would stop cutting down trees and producing babies when it is dark

[The comments caused an immediate outcry and Tonnies quickly issued an apology] I am for an open and diverse society. I am sorry for the comment on the large number of children in Africa. As chairman of the supervisory board of FC Schalke 04, I am 1,000% behind our club values. This includes the fight against racism, discrimination and exclusion. On the basis of that I expressly wish to excuse myself. It was wrong, rash and thoughtless and in no way in line with our values. I am very sorry

2019 09 11c Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng has said he is upset that Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies did not receive a more severe punishment for recent racist comments] That should not happen to a person in his position. When it is said that it was just a slip-up – I just don’t know how that can be a slip-up? His three-month break, who does that help? No one. They had to set a better example there. The opportunity was there to show everyone that something like that is not acceptable. Not in Germany, not in the Bundesliga and not in our club

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng has been banging that drum ever since he walked off the field after being racially abused during a friendly game between AC Milan and Pro Patria six years ago. When he saw what happened to Balotelli in Verona, he not only pledged to set up his own task force to tackle racism, he also tried admirably to hammer home the point that] Those that have never been scarred by it can never really understand it. Or know what it feels like

2019 12 29 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng says Jurgen Klopp’s secret to success is simple] He knows how to grab you. I don’t know how he does it, but he can do it. I don’t think there is a player at Liverpool who doesn’t like him, even those who don’t play. It was the same in Dortmund. That is what makes him special. Therefore every team will give everything for him. He is a great guy and also a great trainer. Most of the time you only have one or the other - Klopp simply has both

I used to throw money out, went partying. Now I’m learning to play the piano. I’ve had five or six hours. I also want to learn guitar later. These are nice things that I enjoy and help me to exercise patience. There are players who drive Mercedes at 19 years old, get their monthly salary and are satisfied. You have so much talent and do nothing for it, no extra training, nothing. Just play PlayStation and Instagram. It’s okay, but they’re the last to come to training and the first to leave. I used to do that too, but nowadays you can’t afford that in football

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Henry subsequently spoke to Kevin-Prince Boateng and the 33-year-old picked out the three best players he has played with in his career] People are going to kill me for this, but there are three [players who stand out as the best I’ve played with in my career]. The best I played with is [Lionel] Messi, okay? It’s different playing against him and seeing him in training, what he can do. Then [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, he’s on another level, he can play alone. Then [Andrea] Pirlo. But if there’s one player who, in every game you play he can win the game for you, it’s Messi

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng has hailed the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Milan] Milan must keep him [Ibrahimovic], he knows how to make a difference. It was easy for me to play with him, I understood it immediately. He asks a lot of his teammates, but he gave me a lot of space, he gave me balls that I dreamed of. He was the perfect companion. He criticised everyone if he didn’t get the ball well or if you were wrong in front of the goal, but in doing so he was teaching

[Boateng himself, who is now at Besiktas, on loan from Fiorentina, had a second Milan spell between January and June 2016] Berlusconi convinced me at the exact moment he called my number. The day after me and my agent went to him to Arcore, he asked me: ‘My son, why don’t you come back?’; I replied: Right away . He didn’t give a damn about the holidays

[Boateng, however, sees former Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick as an ideal coach for the Rossoneri] He [Rangnick] can help a lot, he looks at football and beyond. He is a very intelligent person who evaluates many details. What he has built proves it. He knows how to talk to the players and this is his key

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng recently praised the influence of Ibrahimovic during his time at Milan] Milan must keep him, he knows how to make a difference. It was easy for me to play with him, I understood it immediately. He asks a lot of his teammates, but he gave me a lot of space, he gave me balls that I dreamed of. He was the perfect companion. He criticised everyone if he didn’t get the ball well or if you were wrong in front of the goal, but in doing so he was teaching

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he was close to sealing a deal with Orlando City] I don’t know. I was close to signing [with] Orlando, like five years ago. I was really close. They sent me the offer, whatever, I was good with the coach. But they gave me like ten hours to decide and I said, ‘OK, I have to decide as a father, as a husband and as a player’. Ten hours wasn’t enough, so I had to turn down the offer. Kaka even called me when he played there, he said, ‘Listen, come here. It’s a great city. Great place. The football is getting much better.’ I was really close to coming to the States, to MLS. And I always said to everybody who asked me, I love MLS and who knows, I would love to play there because even to say I played in MLS as well because it’s getting bigger. I watch a lot of games. It’s getting more intense, it’s getting bigger. The people are going more to the stadium. It’s very, very interesting. Very interesting. And there’s a big market. There’s big market. I have an idea with MLS. I don’t want to just go there like a lot of players did – they go there and play there two years. I want to go there and change something. Like I spoke to Puma, my sponsor, and I said, ‘Listen, if I ever have the chance to go to MLS, be ready, because we’re going to do something’. We’re going to build football fields on the streets for free to play. Everywhere, there are basketball places and baseball fields and that’s why they keep it up there because it is free and you can go play. There are no football cages. We need to open some of those in the biggest cities and get people to love this game