Despite being born in Berlin and playing for Germany at youth level, Kevin-Prince Boateng opted to represent Ghana, the country of his father, at senior level. The group-stage draw for South Africa 2010 paired Ghana with Germany, and for the first time in FIFA World Cup history, two brothers played against each, as Jerome plays internationally for the country of his birth. Kevin-Prince, who played in all five of Ghana’s matches in South Africa, briefly retired from international football in November 2011, saying at the time that he wanted to concentrate on his club football. He had a change of heart two years later and wrote to Ghanaian football officials, informing them that he would be available for selection in time to help the Black Stars qualify for Brazil. He played his only World Cup qualifier in the Black Stars’ 2-1 loss in Egypt in the third round.

Boateng is blessed with strength, speed, killer instinct in front of goal, and an uncommon flamboyance in the attacking third. After coming through the youth ranks at Hertha Berlin, he made his debut in the first team in the 2005/06 season at the tender age of 18. His performances in the Bundesliga earned him a big-money move to Tottenham Hotspur, but after a coaching change, he found himself out of the team and loaned out for a spell with Borussia Dortmund, prior to a move to England and Portsmouth. When Pompey were relegated from the Premier League in 2010, he moved on to AC Milan where he spent three seasons in the Serie A, winning the title in 2011. A return to the Bundesliga followed at the start of the 2013/14 season as he joined Schalke.