ROME - It was a signing few would have
predicted but Kevin-Prince Boateng's first season with AC Milan
reached a dramatic climax on Saturday as the Rossoneri clinched
their first title in seven years.
Needing a point at the Stadio Olimpico against Roma to break
Inter Milan's five-year stranglehold on the scudetto, Milan
emerged triumphant after a goalless draw.
Germany-born Boateng, selected again ahead of Antonio
Cassano and Pato, could not stop smiling amid pitch-side
celebrations in front of 10,000 travelling fans.
"It's difficult to find words for the way I'm feeling right
now," the 24-year-old told Reuters. "It's unbelievable. I want
to dedicate the title to my wife and child.
"We've been celebrating in the dressing room too and I'm
sure we'll have some more drinks tonight," said the Ghanaian
international. "We've put up with a lot of pressure in the past
few months. It's not been easy but we showed we can do it."
After missing a penalty playing for Portsmouth in last
season's FA Cup final, Boateng had an exceptional World Cup for
Ghana before a complicated move to Serie A where he plays for AC
Milan but is jointly owned by Genoa.
"I never had any doubts about moving - I'd have swum the sea
to play for Milan," he said, feigning a breast stroke and
revealing one of the many tattoos that cover his body.
"It's been an unbelievable year of ups and downs, but it was
not easy in the beginning. I had to get into the team, learn a
new language and a different style of football.
"My team-mates helped me along the way and it's a great
feeling to have something to show for all the effort."
Despite playing alongside some of the world's most gifted
attacking players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pato, Antonio Cassano
and Robinho, Boateng chose a defender as the Milan player that
had most impressed him this season.
"This team has a some real superstars but Thiago Silva is
the one that has really surprised me," he said. "He has been
amazing this season, and for me he is the best defender in the
With his industry and never-say-die attitude, the 'Prince'
has become a firm favourite with many Milan fans happy to see an
alternative to the fading powers of Ronaldinho and David
"Winning the title makes me proud but now I just want to
rest," he said. "I've really had to push myself but I'm
physically and mentally tired. I need a holiday."
But there is no celebratory return to Milan or the beach
just yet. Next stop for Boateng and the Rossoneri is a midweek
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