Kevin-Prince Boateng claims he was "forced" to lie during his time at Barcelona and say that Lionel Messi was the best player in the world despite believing Cristiano Ronaldo was. The Ghanaian footballer said Barca told him to say it otherwise he "won't play". According to him, he is actually a Real Madrid fan and has always "loved" Ronaldo.
Speaking on Rio Ferdinand's VIBE podcast, Boateng claimed it was "one of the biggest lies of my life" because he had always been a Real Madrid fan as a child and "loved" Cristiano Ronaldo. "I remember when I arrived at Barcelona they immediately asked me who was the best player in the world. I had to say it was Leo Messi, I lied. It was one of the biggest lies of my life," he told the podcast.
"Usually I always tell the truth, but I lied because it was the only way to wear the Barcelona shirt. I always supported Real Madrid when I was a teenager. I love Cristiano Ronaldo. But they told me I had to say it, otherwise I wouldn't play."
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He added: "Messi is the captain but doesn't talk. We spoke once in the shower because he asked if it was difficult to score in Italy, because Ronaldo was there at the time, and he showed the rivalry between them.
"I told him it was harder - when Ronaldo was there, and he scored every game for three years. People forget too easily what he did there."
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