FC Barcelona's latest signing found himself in a spot of bother after previously labelling Cristiano Ronaldo as "the best", but made a U-turn on those remarks at his official unveiling.
On Monday, Kevin-Prince Boateng joined the Catalan giants on an initial loan deal, which could be made permanent for a reported fee of €8 million (R126 million).
After news of his transfer broke, an old tweet of his labeling Ronaldo as "the best" along with quotes from the Ghanaian saying a move to Barca rivals Real Madrid would be a dream come true made the rounds among football fans.
"As a kid, I've always watched Real Madrid on TV. It was my childhood dream to someday play for Real," Boateng told Sport Bild in February 2014.
"There were stars like (Luis) Figo, Ronaldo (Nazario) or (Zinedine) Zidane, whom I admired. When I was 19 or 20 years old, I thought: Madrid are called 'the royal ones'. This fits a bit my middle name. Thus, I have stung this tattoo based on both."
However, the 31-year-old had a very different answer when asked about his Ronaldo admiration at his official Barca unveiling.
"I am a Barcelona player and Lionel Messi is the best player in this world and every world," he said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"Why are you laughing? That's the truth, he has shown that with all that he has won in the last 10 years."
A few days earlier, he had addressed his previous admiration for Real, saying it's "in the past".
"Don't ask me about Real Madrid... is just in the past," he told Sky Italia before travelling to Spain to complete his Barca transfer.
"I only want to focus on Barcelona and I hope to score at Bernabeu for the next Clasico."
Boateng, who has become the 13th African to join the Catalan club, has been included in Barcelona's squad to face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening.
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