AC Milan’s ‘prodigal son’ Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal on his Milan return as the Rossoneris posted a comfortable 2-0 win over Fiorentina on Sunday night.
This follows his being rewarded for his 100 cap as an AC Milan player on Saturday by club CEO, Adriano Galliani ahead of their match with Fiorentina.
The Ghana midfielder achieved that feat after he came off the bench to play a bit-part in their 2-1 win over Carpi FC in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.
Boateng joined the Rossoneri’s in the summer of 2010 on loan from Genoa and went on to play for them for four seasons before moving to Schalke 04, where he had his contract terminated after barely a year.
An excited Galliani said, "I was at Forte Dei Marmi, and while I was chatting away with Genoa President Preziosi about the 2010 World Cup, he told me that he had signed Boateng, who was a player that I was very impressed with during his performances with Ghana.
"In just 10 minutes, we were able to agree a move from Genoa to Milan. He started his adventure with us on the 28th of August 2010 in Milan-Lecce, a match that ended 4-0 to us, and three years later on the 28th of August 2013 he played his last match of his first spell against PSV Eindhoven and scored twice.
"He then left and so this award has been waiting for him for the past two years! We’re very pleased to have him and I think he is also very happy. You’ve finally come back and so I wish you all the best and I hope you can receive more of these awards in the future."
Boateng replied: "I am very happy and I hope to make another 100 appearances, but this is a decision for the coach."
Perhaps the award was all he needed as he capped it with a pleasant goal with Fiorentina in their Seria A game. He used enough power and pace to beat his marker and connected a perfect pass from Kucka after cheekily beating the onrushing Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu before slotting home to put the game at 2-0 for Milan who were under pressure to win.
Boateng had come on for Mbaye Niang with 11 minutes of the game remaining and his inclusion brought all the pressure on the opposing side which resulted in the goal.
Carlos Bacca had scored the first goal for AC Milan as early as the fourth minute.