Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed how he got his colourful first name

Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng plays for Bungesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt. He has revealed that he doesn’t like his first name and that it was given by mistake.
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng plays for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.(Reuters)
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng plays for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 10, 2017 09:22 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Berlin | ByAgence France-Presse

Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he dislikes his colourful first name because of a small mistake on the birth certificate which stopped him being called Kelvin-Prince.

“I don’t like my first name,” the Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder told local station HIT Radio FFH while explaining why he only has the name ‘Prince’ on his shirt.

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“I should have been called Kelvin, that would have been a top name: Kelvin-Prince.”

“That was a mistake on the birth certificate - no one knows that.

“I wouldn’t have had to play football then, because that name alone is already stellar, and then they wrote it wrong in the hospital.

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“That’s why I am called Kevin and it stayed that way.

“My mum had surgery right after the birth and couldn’t intervene.”

The 30-year-old, the half-brother of Germany star Jerome Boateng, has played all 11 Bundesliga games for Eintracht since joining in August after a hurried departure for family reasons from Spanish club Las Palmas.

Boateng has played for AC Milan, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Hertha Berlin and Schalke in a colourful career.

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He made the last of his 15 appearances for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, but left the tournament under a dark cloud after a row with the then coach.

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