Bigger picture: Boateng hopes to become Germany’s first black captain

Ghanaian born German international Jerome Boateng has revealed his dream of becoming the first black captain of Germany’s national team.

The Bayern Munich defender in an interview with the Daily Mail revealed how his mixed race was used against him in his youth and hopes becoming captain will send a message across the world.

‘It’s not like I want to take something from Bastian(Schweinsteiger is the current captain). Joachim Low (the Germany national team manager) said in an interview that Toni Kroos or I can be captain also. I said that would be a big honour for me one day to be captain of Germany with my colour.’

‘They are good role models,’ he said. ‘France also; (Patrick) Vieira was captain. So for me it would be a great honour to be captain.’

Because it would send a message? ‘To all Germany and the world. Maybe they look on Germany and say it’s mixed but it’s not possible they have a black captain.’

Inspite of his big brother Kevin-Prince opting to play for the Black Stars of Ghana,Jerome says was never conflicted about the country he would represent .

‘It was always Germany for me, 100 per cent. I know these people are just dumb, stupid,’ he said. ‘Where I grew up it was multi- cultural from the first day, as I had a lot of friends who are half this and half this. I have a lot of German friends also. How I am now, it’s because I grew up in Berlin with so many different cultures

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