Tottenham Hotspur’s current manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is one of the hardest-working gaffers out there, who definitely does not accept slacking on the training pitch.
It appears that ex-Spurs star, Kevin Prince Boateng, would not have lasted too long under the Argentine manager during the early stages of his career.
Boateng started off at Hertha Berlin before moving to Spurs in 2007 where he spent two seasons before leaving for Portsmouth.
The former Tottenham man has been opening up on the early years of his career this week in an interview with La Repubblica.
He claims that he did not treat football as a job and was an idiot during the early stages of his career, even purchasing three cars in one day during his time at Tottenham.
Since playing at Spurs, Boateng has moved around a fair bit, plying his trade at Pompey, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Schalke, Las Palmas, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sassuolu, Barcelona, and now Fiorentina.
He said (quotes via The Sun): “I’ll go back and say: I didn’t treat football as a job.
“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. 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.”
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