Kevin-Prince Boateng has been around in the world of football, and so he does not enter on this January noon, for the first Time, the huge Camp Nou, the football stadium in the Spanish city of millions, Barcelona. With AC Milan, he there was time for the Champions League, most recently with the UD Las Palmas in the Spanish League. In January 2017, it set a 0:5. But as life plays: that Boateng will now be presented in the stadium under the motto “Enjoy Prince” as a new professional of the FC Barcelona, also has to do with that day.

Even before his strong year in Frankfurt, the Canary Islands proved to be, at the time, as a fountain of youth for a career, the end of which he had after the termination of the contract at Schalke already thought of that. In the Spanish League, “the best, most important and the most beautiful football,” as he says, he made as a hanging tip or winger quickly made a name. During the match in Barcelona, he was then in a new role. Coach Quique Setién was it offered for the first time as a Central striker.

Munir, who is coming?

It is January, 2019 – Barça is looking for a centre-forward. The subject fills the sports press, since Munir El has not announced Haddadi to extend his to the end of the season expiring contract, in addition to of coach Ernesto Valverde, for the messenger banished, and finally to Sevilla FC has been sold.

It’s just the replacement for Luis Suárez, on the one hand. On the other hand, no one has forgotten the circumstances of Barca’s traumatizing the most defeat of the last years. Champions-League-quarter-finals in 2018, return game the AS Rom 0:3. Suarez was tired, and if Suarez is tired, lacking venom and bile at Barça. Later, the Uruguayan said he had absolutely in a League game before pause.

Boateng was a “model professional”

Now barça’s squad planner went through their scouting lists. After preferred options, such as Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) or Cristhian Stuani (Girona) were deleted for reasons of cost, provided they Valverde at some point the name Boateng. The coach had doubts. Ensure the phone is switched on according to the number of Quique Setién chosen. The in Barcelona because of his love to pass the football to Cruyff cher embossing highly respected Instructor, currently at real Betis under contract, praises Boateng as a reliable model professional.

on the same weekend, the Transfer is threaded, which is a novelty in barça’s: He surprised everyone. Where the Newspapers devote otherwise every remote candidates before extensive analysis and title pages had the name of the 31-Year-old, no one on the list. In Madrid, the press ranting and raving as expected. Even the readers of “Sport” from Barcelona showed on Monday, in a survey, three-quarters of a spontaneous “convinced”.

Boateng with youth players of FC Barcelona

Also, Boateng even had to tweak me for a while. In the Camp Nou, he played with children from the Barça-young first of all, a club’s typical passing game exercise he explains in the inaugural press conference: “When I learned of the request, it was like a dream. Alone the request. It was then, officially, is incredible.” Even by the standards of his event career. Berlin, London (Tottenham), Dortmund, Portsmouth, Milan, Schalke, Las Palmas, Frankfurt, Sassuolo – Barcelona.

“Messi is the best player of this world and all worlds.”

“I’m a Realist, but if you have dreams, you can change the reality,” says Boateng, who is amazed, still, but back to usual casual. That he raved about earlier, always from Real Madrid, and the flagship of Cristiano Ronaldo? So the last question was. “I’m a Barça player, Messi is the best player of this world and all worlds. Thank you. See you soon.”

Then he went and left behind the listener, which he has won for himself. A similar should succeed him in the new team-mate, with whom he trained in the afternoon the same, and on Wednesday in the Cup quarter-final first leg at FC Sevilla. Not least because of his “character” had obliged him, said Barca’s team Manager and Ex-defender Eric Abidal.

A question of character

Of his character you wish at Barça so much, that he risked on the pitch, maybe a little, if it matters. He acts out his character in a cabin, where sometimes the hard types are missing. That it retains its late maturity and the realism that he is not allowed on this Tuesday only, but also practiced. Boateng don’t know that, “I come here as a regular player. I’m here to help with my experience”.

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