AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng Retires from Ghana National Team at 24

Tim Fontenault@Tim_FontenaultCorrespondent INovember 4, 2011

Boateng celebrates his only goal for Ghana, against the United States in a 2-1 extra time victory in the World Cup Last 16.
Boateng celebrates his only goal for Ghana, against the United States in a 2-1 extra time victory in the World Cup Last 16.Martin Rose/Getty Images

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, considered worldwide to be one of the brightest young stars in world football, has announced his retirement from the Ghana National Team at only 24 years of age. The announcement comes courtesy of the Ghana Football Association's official website.

Boateng burst onto the international scene in 2010. Born in what was then known as West Germany, the Milan star came up through the national team youth ranks with Die Mannschaft. However, when the time came to start thinking about the senior level, the young midfielder chose the Black Stars.

Ghana showed their potential by progressing to the Last 16 of the 2006 World Cup after defeating the United States, who were at that time ranked No. 4 in the world.

Boateng was considered to be a big part in Ghana's future plans of becoming Africa's biggest team and a force on the international level.

During the 2010 World Cup, he was instrumental in the incredible run that the Black Stars took the world on in South Africa. Boateng was one of the most influential players on the pitch. He scored his only international goal against the United States in the Last 16, which made Ghana the third African team ever in the quarterfinals.

His performance at the World Cup earned him a move from Portsmouth to Genoa, who immediately loaned him to AC Milan. He is now a permanent player with the defending champions, after helping them win Serie A in 2010-11.

The GFA explained Boateng's decision in their press release this morning:

According to Kevin, the physical demands of playing for both club and country at high levels are taking a toll on his health.

The player also explained that in order to remain healthy and stay off any injuries, he has consulted his doctors and family over the matter and has decided to take the decision to excuse himself from national duties since he is on a special training that he has to interrupt to honour national invitations.

Boateng is surely on his way to being one of the best midfielders in the world. He has been a crucial part of the setup at AC Milan since his arrival last season. In seven games this season, he has recorded five goals, which has already surpassed his three in 34 from last season.

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