Nelson Mandela wanted his daughter to marry Kevin-Prince Boateng
Ghana international says Nelson Mandela wanted him to marry his daughter
Happily, the Ghana international managed to meet one of his heroes – and that was Mandela at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The former South African president pulled no punches: he told Boeteng his daughter wanted to marry him.
That was when the Ghana team had met with the former South Africa president, something that was a dream come true for the midfielder.
Boateng had switched his allegiance from his native Germany, who he represented at youth level, to Ghana, in time to become an important member of the side that came within a penalty shootout of the World Cup semi-finals.
“There were three people I always wanted to meet: Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela,” Boateng said in an interview with The Guardian . “I only met one, and it’s hard to describe. It’s just joy. 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.”
“We go into the room: ‘Hello … hello … hello.’ 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.”
Boateng added: “And it doesn’t even look like me.”."