Monday, November 29, 2021

"I was in a hole" Boateng thought about the end of his career when he was 23

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Kevin-Prince Boateng has seen a lot in his career. He won many titles, played for big clubs and had prominent teammates. He actually wanted to hang up his football boots at an early age.

Kevin-Prince Boateng remembers May 15, 2010 well. The 23-year-old FC Portsmouth player fouled his opponent Michael Ballack in the final of the FA Cup and injured him so badly that he would miss the World Cup in South Africa a few weeks later. In his German homeland, Boateng was attacked for this, even if the foul was unintentional.

In an interview with his current club, Hertha BSC, the now 34-year-old reflected on what happened back then: “That was tough. I have to be honest. I’m German, I grew up in Germany. Suddenly you have a whole nation that is against you. I got hate messages, racist messages. They scratched my car and threw eggs on it. “

As a result, he even briefly thought about ending his career: “That shaped me. I was a bit in a hole. At that time I also considered quitting because I was tired from this hurricane. I was in the every day Press.”

Michael Ballack writhes after being fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng.  (Source: imago images / Sportimage)Michael Ballack writhes after being fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng. (Source: Sportimage / imago images)

The Ghanaian international said how he was attacked in everyday life: “I once arrived at the airport in Berlin and the police took my passport and said: ‘Oh, it’s you.’ And then he threw my passport on the floor. “

Boateng’s pass is no longer thrown on the ground. The 34-year-old is very popular in large parts of Berlin, he is a figure of identification for Hertha fans. And on Saturday he wants to score three important points with his team in the derby against Union Berlin (from 6.30 p.m. in the live ticker at t-online).

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