It is said that money isn’t everything and this might perhaps be the case as former Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng has revealed he enjoyed playing for the national team than any of his European clubs despite its financial returns.
The former Ghana youth star made the revelation in an exclusive interview with goal.com.
He maintained that representing Ghana at the 2010 World Cup remains one of his highest moments in his football career.
“Playing at the World Cup in 2010 and reaching the quarter-final [is among my highest,”
“The first tournament in Germany would be more special because that was our first World Cup. It was crazy and we really loved it. We were in the group with the Czech Republic, the USA and Italy. He told goal.
“When the US coach [Bruce Arena] was interviewed, he said he had only two games to play [in the group stage] – against Czech and Italy. He said he did not care about us [Ghana] because for us he knew he was going to pick the three points against us. After we won the game, we felt so good.” boateng is quoted.
Derek Boateng further reiterated that despite earning more playing in Europe than for the national team, the latter offers him the most joy.
“In Europe, they paid us a lot of money. With the national team, you don’t receive that kind of money like you do at your club side but the joy in it is unbelievable.
“I played about 46 games for the Black Stars and I don’t know which one to choose as the most special. All games were special for me.”
The former Fulham midfielder was part of Ghana’s team that came second in the FIFA Youth World Cup hosted in Argentina.
He went on to play for a host of clubs across Europe.