June 15, 2021

Prince Boateng delighted to reunite with ‘little brother’ Mario Balotelli at AC Monza

Ghana forward Kevin Prince Boateng is ecstatic following his reunion on the pitch with Mario Balotelli at AC Monza.

The Italian international made his debut in their 3-0 triumph over Salernitana in the Serie B on Wednesday.

The duo combined well during the game in which Balotelli scored his first goal for the club.

Balotelli and Boateng are long time pals after spending time together at AC Milan in 2010, helping the Rossoneri to league triumph that year.

The two players have initially played for AC Milan before they parted ways with Boateng joining Las Palmas in 2017.

The Ghana International netted 10 goals in 28 league appearances for Las Palmas while Balotelli’s move to Nice saw hi grabbed 33 goals in 61 Ligue 1 games between 2016 and 2019.

Born in Germany, Boateng represented his native country internationally at youth level; he opted to represent Ghana at senior level 15 times between 2010 and 2014—scoring two goals—and represented them at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

The Italian however started his professional football career at Lumezzane and played for the first team twice before having an unsuccessful trial at Barcelona, and subsequently joining Inter Milan in 2007.

Inter manager Roberto Mancini brought Balotelli into the first team, but when Mancini left, Balotelli’s disciplinary record fell away.

He had a strained relationship with new manager José Mourinho and was suspended from Inter’s first team in January 2009 after a number of disciplinary problems.

 

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