Kevin Prince Boateng, who played for the Spanish giants Barcelona just 515 days ago, has dropped to the second-tier league in Italy to find playing time whilst also helping the ambitious AC Monza return to the Serie A after being declared surplus to requirements by giants Fiorentina.
AC Monza patron Silvio Berlusconi has backed down on his absurdly wrong claim that he would only sign Italians with tattoos at the club after snapping up Kevin-Prince Boateng. The maverick forward will be reuniting with former AC Milan president and politician Silvio Berlusconi at the Stadio Brianteo.
The transfer sent a shock wave across Italy following a statement made by the robust politician in 2018 that only Italian footballers with ‘crazy’ hair-style and tattoos will play in his Monza club. Fast-forward 2020, Berlusconi has abjured his words after signing Ghana international Boateng whose body is entirely covered in tattoos.
Boateng has had so many things going on in his career that have only led him down the pyramid over time. This will be Boateng’s 13th club in his roller-coaster career which has seen him play in six different leagues and five different countries.
It represents a massive drop in the valuation of a player who recently played for Turkish giants Besiktas. He has reportedly signed a one-year contract with an option for another season.
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Boateng has scored at least a goal in 10 of his last 11 campaigns, playing for nine different teams Portsmouth, AC Milan, Schalke 04, Las Palmas, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sassuolo, Barcelona, Fiorentina and Besiktas during the said period.
He started his career with Reinickendorfer Fuchse’s youth team in early 1994 at the age of six prior to signing for Hertha BSC on 1 July 1994 at the age of seven, playing for them till 2007 before he joined Hertha BSC.
He started out via Hertha feeder teams then played for Hertha BSC II for two seasons then got promoted to the Hertha first-team squad in 2005. He was awarded the Fritz Walter Bronze Medal Award in the Under-18 category later that season and on 27 July 2006, Boateng was awarded the Fritz Walter Gold Medal in the Under-19 category.
After a promising performance, Boateng moved on to sign a four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur in July 2007 for a reported £5.4 million. He, however, didn’t turn out right and was loaned to Borussia Dortmund in January 2009.
He made ten Bundesliga appearances during his loan but was forced to miss the final two matches of the season for a suspension of four matches imposed by the German Football Association (DFB) following a tough challenge and “no-nonsense flying kick” to the head of VfL Wolfsburg’s Makoto Hasebe.
Dortmund was reportedly eager to sign Boateng permanently at the end of the season, but financial constraints prevented them from doing so and he ended up at Portsmouth where he was signed on a three-year contract in August 2009 for a reported fee of around £4 million.
On 12 September 2009, he finished his only season at the club with three goals in 22 Premier League games as they were relegated amidst financial disarray.
In August 2010, Boateng moved to Italian Serie A club Genoa on a three-year contract and then immediately joined Milan on loan. The deal later became a co-ownership one in the same transfer window. Milan signed him permanently from Genoa in June 2011 on a four-year contract.
In August 2013, Milan sold Boateng to German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 and in May 2015, the Ghanaian, alongside Sidney Sam and Marco Höger, were suspended indefinitely from the club in the aftermath of a defeat against FC Köln as a result of poor behaviour which claimed to have led to the club’s poor domestic performances. His contract with Schalke was terminated in December 2015.
The Ghanaian’s suspension in 2015 shed a bad light on his already unstable career
After the termination of his contract, Boateng re-joined Milan in January 2016 on a free transfer and signed a six-month contract. He later in August 2016, reached an agreement with Spanish side Las Palmas following his release from Milan. After a while, he cancelled his contract with Las Palmas by mutual consent, citing “irreversible” personal reasons.
Boateng matched on to Eintracht Frankfurt on a three-year deal where he won the DFB Pokal and in July 2018, he signed with Italian side Sassuolo. He didn’t last long there either as he joined La Liga club Barcelona in January 2019 on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.
The transfer made him the first Ghanaian ever to represent the club. He later on signed with ACF Fiorentina in July 2019 and then was loaned to Besiktas after 5 months in January this year.
Internationally, Boateng previously featured for Germany U19, U20 and U21 teams before he switched his allegiance to represent Ghana in 2010. He has 15 caps for the Black Stars and featured for the West African side at the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.
He is still a ‘not so bad’ player and still possesses his strength, foot speed, and ball-juggling tricks but with lesser power to it now as he can’t afford to attract any major clubs.
Author: Tha Santa
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