Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed he dislikes his first name, which was given to him due to a mistake on his birth certificate.

The 30-year-old, half-brother of Germany star Jerome Boateng, has played all 11 Bundesliga games for Eintracht Frankfurt since joining in August after a hurried departure for family reasons from Spanish club Las Palmas.

“I don’t like my first name,” the Ghana midfielder told local station HIT Radio FFH while explaining why he only has the name ‘Prince’ on his shirt.

“I should have been called Kelvin, that would have been a top name: Kelvin-Prince. That was a mistake on the birth certificate – no one knows that.


“I wouldn’t have had to play football then, because that name alone is already stellar, and then they wrote it wrong in the hospital.

“That’s why I am called Kevin and it stayed that way. My mum had surgery right after the birth and couldn’t intervene.”

Boateng has also played for AC Milan, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Hertha Berlin and Schalke in his career.

He made the last of his 15 appearances for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, but left the tournament under a dark cloud after a row with the coach.