Former Black Stars midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has recalled the one time he met the iconic Nelson Mandela and the quite surprising words that Mr Mandela uttered to him.
Boateng, in an interview with the Guardian, said that he met Mandela whilst in South Africa representing Ghana at the 2010 World Cup, and that their meeting was quite the strange one.
“It’s just joy.” Boateng said of meeting the late South African leader.
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“Mandela was in prison for 27 years just because he stood up for his rights and he sits there and has no anger inside. He should be angry with the whole world, but he wasn’t. He’s calm, just there in his little seat saying hello to everybody. He makes you feel calm. He was shining. It’s like a movie. It’s like an angel sitting there.” he told the Guardian’s Sid Lowe.
He added: “..he broke the ice, because you just stand there. It was the World Cup, people were calling me ‘David Black-ham’, going crazy for me. I was kind of like a star. We go into the room: ‘Hello … hello … hello.’ He shook my hand, pulled me towards him and said: ‘My daughter wants to marry you.’ I said: ‘Sorry I already have a girlfriend.’ He said: ‘No, no but I have others, more beautiful.’ Everyone was laughing. The pity is we couldn’t take pictures because the flash hurt his eyes so I only have one.”
Boateng also touched on many other topics, including who he considers the greatest player of all time.
“He’s always happy. You win, he’s happy. You lose, he’s happy. He scores three own goals, he’s happy. He just wants the ball. Give him it. That’s why he was the best; he feels no pressure. And by then he had nothing to prove.”