Ghanaian international, Kevin Prince-Boateng has determined to hang his boots at the end of 2022/23 season to end his colourful career.
Kevin Prince-Boateng apparently has made up his mind to end his playing career in Hertha Berlin, which happens to his first professional club. His decision came after a rough season with Hertha in 2021/22. The capital side dramatically avoided the relegation through a playoff against Hamburg after a 1-0 loss at home. The 35-year old attacking midfielder played his part to be the senior figure in Felix Magath’s men to bounce back and snatch a 2-0 win on the road in the reverse fixture. Magath’s successor, Sandro Schwarz seems to agree with his importance for the club. He was deemed to be the man who got round the brother of the former German international and Bayern defender, Jerome Boateng, to endure another year for improving the team’s campaign next season.
Prince-Boateng is one of the few players whose former clubs spread around Europe from England, Italy, Spain to Turkey, beside his homeland, Germany. He began his career in Hertha back in 2005 before moving to Tottenham. However, he did not seem to be the mainstay in White Hart Lane so he opted to move on loan to Dortmund. Die Borussen was actually interested in buying him but Jurgen Klopp’s side was unable to do so due to the financial difficulties. Thus, he moved back to Premier League by joining Portsmouth. The versatile midfielders appeared to never stay in the club for more than two seasons in one period. So, he continued his next journey to Italian Serie A with AC Milan where he enjoyed his peak performance and helped Rossonerri win the league title in 2011, one of the few silverwares he contributed well.
Unfortunately, his various off-the-pitch issues from being indiscipline, reaction to racism, improper critics to other parties to his lifestyle with his ex-wife led to his not so impressive career at his clubs, especially compared to his younger brother, Jerome, who already won the UCL twice. After Milan, his brief spells in Sassuolo, Fiorentina and Serie B side, Monza in Italy, Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany, Besiktas in Turkey plus in La Liga with Las Palmas and Barcelona only resulted two more trophies, DFB Pokal 2018 with Frankfurt and La Liga 2019 with Barcelona. Yet, he barely featured in the latter side.
Prince-Boateng actually had been playing for Germany from U19, U20 and U21 before switching side to his father’s nation, Ghana. He helped The Black Stars reach quarter finals in world cup 2010 and scored a winning goal against USA in the round of 16. He was also named in Brasil 2014 squad but he was dismissed before the third game against Portugal due to his critic to his former coach.
Regarding his next plan after hanging his boots, he has not given much of a thought about it yet, as quoted in Bundesliga.com.
"My agent says I'd be a perfect coach, but I don't see myself doing that yet. I don't have any patience, and never have. I still need to develop in that regard. I'm just trying to focus on this season. I'll have enough time afterwards to think things over."