Football's journeyman: It's 16th club for maverick Kevin-Prince Boateng

BY: Maurice Quansah
Kevin-Prince Boateng has reunited with his boyhood club, Hertha Berlin

Kevin-Prince Boateng has completed a free transfer back to boyhood club Hertha Berlin, making it the 16th move of his maverick career.

The 34-year-old has had spells playing across Europe and has represented Tottenham, Portsmouth, AC Milan, Barcelona, Fiorentina and Sassuolo among other clubs.

But he has now completed a move back to the Bundesliga, where he will embark on his fifth spell in German football, having started his career with Hertha and also playing for Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Kevin-Prince Boateng cut his teeth at German side Hertha Berlin

Boateng, who grew up in the Berlin district of Wedding, came through the Hertha youth system and made 53 first-team appearances before leaving for Tottenham in 2007.

He was a free agent this summer after leaving big-spending Italian Serie B club Monza. Alongside Mario Balotelli, they narrowly missed out on promotion to Serie A after losing a play-off final to Venezia.

Boateng, who will wear Hertha's No 27 shirt next season, has signed a one-year contract with Hertha and completed his medical on Wednesday.

The midfielder featured for Ghana at two FIFA World Cup tournaments

The former Ghana international, who also represented Germany at youth level, celebrated the move by getting Hertha's badge tattooed in the centre of his chest.

Boateng said: "It's no secret that I'd always been eyeing a return to Hertha BSC.

"The fact that it's finally worked out makes me very proud. I'm eager to get started, and to play in front of a sold-out Ostkurve at the Olympiastadion with the lads."

Boateng featured for AC Milan alongside his compatriot Sulley Muntari (left)

During his career, Boateng has won Serie A with AC Milan, the German Cup with Frankfurt and LaLiga with Barcelona.

He also played in the Portsmouth team that got to the FA Cup final in 2010, but missed a penalty at Wembley as Avram Grant's side were beaten by Chelsea.

The player celebrates winning the German Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018

Boateng's brother, Bayern Munich defender Jerome, has also been linked with a move back to Hertha as he prepares to leave the Bundesliga champions this summer.

However, it is thought that he prefers a move abroad, rather than returning to Berlin to play with his brother next season.

Boateng's maverick career:

Hertha Berlin, 2004-2007

Tottenham, 2007-2009

Borussia Dortmund (loan), 2009

Portsmouth, 2009-2010

Genoa, 2010

AC Milan, 2010-2013

Schalke, 2013-2015

AC Milan, 2016

Las Palmas, 2016-2017

Las Palmas, 2016-2017

Frankfurt, 2017-18

Sassuolo, 2018-2019

Barcelona (loan), 2019

Fiorentina, 2019-2020

Besiktas (loan), 2020

Monza, 2020-2021

Hertha Berlin, 2021-