Former Ghana International, Kevin-Prince Boateng, has revealed when transpired between him and the late global icon, Nelson Mandela, when he met him during the South Africa 2010 World Cup when the Black Stars called upon him at home.
Boateng told the UK Guardian that he had long dreamed of meeting Mandela who he said was one three people, including Michael Jackson and Muhammad Ali, that he desperately wanted to meet.
He said he was lost for words when he stood face to face with Mandela, but the late South African hero spoke to him first.
"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,” he said.
The Black Stars met Mandela in Johannesburg after their quarter-final exit at the world cup which was hosted by South Africa.
Explaining why he loved Mandela, Boateng said: "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.”
The Las Palmas player was suspended indefinitely from the Black Stars during the Brazil in 2014 for allegedly insulting the coach.