FC Barcelona’s new signing, Kevin Prince Boateng, becomes the first Ghanaian in the history of the Club.
The son of a Ghanaian and a German, and the older brother of Bayern centre-back, Jérôme Boateng, the 31-year-old forward was an international in Germany’s lower categories until he achieved dual German-Ghanaian nationality in 2010.
Playing for Ghana has allowed him to participate in two World Cups – South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 – where he faced his brother. The first match ended 0-1 in favour of the German team, while in 2014 the match ended with a heroic 2-2 draw.
Formed in Hertha Berlin’s junior sides – a team with which he debuted in the Bundesliga -, Boateng has played in four of the five major European leagues wearing the shirts of Tottenham, Portsmouth, Milan, Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt, Las Palmas and Sassuolo, the team from which he arrives to Barcelona.
14th African player
Boateng becomes the 14th African footballer to wear the Barça shirt. Below is the list of the previous 13 who have played official matches for the Club.
PLAYER COUNTRY SEASON
Cameroon (nationalised French) 2016 –
Jean Marie Dongou Cameroon 2011-16
Edgar Ié Guinea Bissau 2012-15
Alexandre Song Cameroon 2012-14
Seydou Keita Mali 2008-12
Touré Yayá Ivory Coast 2007-10
Samuel Eto’o Cameroon 2004-09
Samuel Okunowo Nigeria 1998-00
Emmanuel Amunike Nigeria 1996-98
Gerardo Miranda Mauritania 1981-88
José Antonio Ramos Morocco 1976-82
Jorge Alberto Mendoça Angola 1966-69