How Kevin Prince Boateng feels off the pitch goes a long way in determining the football he’ll display on it, and the Las Palmas have seen the best of the Ghanaian, who is happy with life at his new club.
In an exclusive interview with MARCA, the 23-year-old opens up on his move to the Canary Islands and other personal matters that have come to define him in many ways.
“In two years, I spent all my money on cars clubs, and friends that really weren’t,” Boateng said. “For a guy like me, I grew up in a poor neighbourhood, and having all that money to spend was dangerous.”
More mature, the winger admitted he is filled with regret at the turn his career has taken, and wishes he could do some things differently.
“I regret a lot of things,” he mentioned. “When I was younger, I didn’t work hard because I could rely on my talent.
“That’s not the right path.
“I wish I’d worked harder, but then again, it was normal back then, since I was the boss of my town and had money and fame.”
His golazo against Villarreal earlier in the season was one of his favourites throughout his career, though Boateng laments that it wasn’t translated into all three points.
“It is the perfect team goal,” he recalled. “The entire team participates and there is a back heel and a volley.
“On a personal level, the one I scored against Barcelona, though I prefer the one against Villarreal because it is a team goal.”
One moment in particular forced Boateng to change his habits and really start focusing on his career in a more serious way.
“After the 2010 World Cup, I saw players at another level and realised that I’d have to focus only on football in order to get there,” he said. “It was then when I changed my mentality.”