Las Palmas midfielder and former Black Stars player, Kevin-Prince Boateng, has revealed the three people he adores most and wanted to meet – his three greatest heroes.
Boateng had a conversation with the Guardian’s Sid Lowe, and touched on several incidents from his career, including the one time he met former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In recounting his meeting with Mandela, Boateng revealed Mandela is one of three people he really wanted to meet in his life – yet he met only the one.
“There were three people I always wanted to meet: Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela,” he said in the interview. “I only met one”
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That one meeting, though, was quite eventful.
“..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.” he narrated to Lowe.
“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.”