Tottenham ex-star Kevin-Prince Boateng ‘bought three cars in one day like idiot’
Former Tottenham Hotspur footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed he splashed out on three cars in one day at the height of his "idiot" days as a younger footballer.
Boateng, 32, bought himself a Lamborghini, Hummer and Cadillac in 24-hours during his time as Spurs from 2007 to 2009.
He made the admission as he spoke of his regret at how he behaved as a young footballer.
He told La Repubblica: "I'll go back and say: I didn't treat football as a job.
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"I was an idiot. I had talent, but I trained the bare minimum, an hour on the field.
"I was the last to arrive and the first to leave. I'd be out with friends. I had money, I lived like a king.
"I'd never been to the gym. That changes your later career. I bought three cars in one day when I was at Tottenham: a Lamborghini, a Hummer and a Cadillac.
"To the youngsters, I tell them: 'You cannot buy happiness'. I didn't play, I had family problems, I was out of the squad.
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"I was looking for happiness in material things: a car makes you happy for a week. I bought three to be happy for three weeks."
Boateng is now playing at Italian side Fiorentina after spells at Portsmouth FC, AC Milan and Barcelona.
He also spoke of the agony of being racially abused while at Milan in a friendly against Pro Patria, during which he reacted by kicking a ball into the stands.
He said: "I also think of the three-year-old boy kicked in Cosenza for the colour of his skin.
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"That was the incident that hurt me the most. The chants at the stadium want to remind us when our grandparents were slaves.
"But those who make those chants, before being racist, are ignorant. Ignorance must be abolished.
"At school, we must introduce an hour of integration: we must tell our children that we're all the same. They're our future."
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