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Ghana midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng can’t believe his heroics after his stunning second-half hat-trick helped AC Milan to come from three goals down to beat Lecce4-3 in Italy on Sunday.

The enforcer revealed that he played the game even though he had a knee injury and did not hesitate to fire his critics at the club.

Boateng will now keep the match ball at a special place in his house and he is delighted he was able to help the club get the stunning turnaround.

"It was very important that we could win this game, it was unbelievable, we came back, I scored three goals," said the man-of-the-match.

"It's a very good day for me, I will take this ball home and put it in an important place in my house.

"I was a bit injured on the knee and I think the coach wanted to give me a bit of a rest but we didn't play well in the first half so he told me to go out and try my best.

"I'm very happy we won the game because it hasn't been easy for us this season but this win shows we can come back and we worked very hard.

"I just try to work and play well, there are always negative people but I just look forwards. What's in the past is in the past, I don't think about this any more."

A quick-fire second-half Kevin Prince-Boateng hat-trick secured all three points for AC Milan againstLeccein a 4-3 thriller at the Via del Mare on Sunday.

A header from Guillermo Giacomazzi, a Massimo Oddo penalty and a smart Carlos Grossmuller finish had given the home side a three goal advantage at the interval.

But the introduction of Kevin Prince-Boateng at half-time completely changed the complexion of an absorbing encounter.

He fired a fourteen minute hat-trick to draw the sides level before Mario Yepes headed the winner with eight minutes remaining.

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  • A cool guy 8 years ago

    Kevin Prince Boateng a good show and keep it up

  • Fu-Chu 8 years ago

    GFA and Plavi play nice to this lad, because he has the "it" factor. Very passionate and skillful. His goals were world class. What an asset to the Black Stars and we better not screw it up. And like I have be saying for a while now, he does not need to play every single international assignment.

  • the truth 8 years ago

    he did great, but i still believe we need to axe his ass from the blackstars

  • Flow 8 years ago

    No body is screwing this lad in the National team but himself. Nobody doubts the talent of this guy, what infuriates me is his attitude towards the National Team. If he replicates his club form to the national team we will win the African Cup of Nations.

  • Lordgidi 8 years ago

    I strongly believe dat ESSIEN is finsh with da BS why bcoz he's nt going 2 da CAN nd will propably nt make it 2 da MUNDIAL 2014 same for muntari, 2sure mensah, agya koo pantsil, azonto gyan. Remember dat it's always dificult 4 any players 2 make 3 straight world cup.

  • texas 8 years ago

    world class player by all standards! Ghana is blessed with talent! wish all of them could play for Ghana.

  • Lipo 8 years ago

    KPB is a fantastic player, GHANA (The Black Stars) needs him soooo much !

  • lawryb 8 years ago

    THE GUY IS ON FIRE THE GOALS SUPERLATIVE

  • pee 8 years ago

    tht is great look at ghanians now saying kpb.....did well nw u wnt him back..tht is ungreatfull to do my prince tht way ,if a player is injurd u hve to knw tht he is..bt said all sort of liers tht is nt true...some of us need to change our ways we speak bad about our players they are good strikers nt dede,.gooo and keep the fire burnig,.

  • pee 8 years ago

    kpb---QOA---dede ayew tht should be our foward line up.

  • Bemol 8 years ago

    The head line shuld be ghanaian players light up europe, barwuah balotelli,ayew and kpb.

  • Flow 8 years ago

    Lordgidi you crack me up.....you described those players very well especially that mediocre of a striker gyan.

  • kpogas 8 years ago

    Keep it up Kelving.

  • Eddie 8 years ago

    KPB IS GREAT PLAYER AND WE NEED HIM TO WIN THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS....WELL DONE BRO,U DOING GREAT..KEEP IT UP.!

  • joe 8 years ago

    World class goals. He's worked on his shooting skills and he's getting more comfortable and confident after every game.

  • EK 8 years ago

    you are a funny guy Lordgidi

  • EK 8 years ago

    i still rue our chances of balotelli. This guy could have made our front line potent- balotelli and Welbeck, Ghana would have been unstoppable.

  • st eben 8 years ago

    keep it up man

  • nana boadu 8 years ago

    if even he 10 goals in every match and his passion for the black stars is low den plavi should still not call him.At Milan, like he said in his interviw, he was injured on the knee but when he called he fought so hard to bring the team to life by scoring 3 goals.So if take this same kind of attitude to Ghana aren't we going to win too? When happened to Essien some people were critising him but now dat it is KPB these same people want to spare him just beacause of colour differences oh ghana why???

  • Pee 8 years ago

    Talent is one thing. Commitment is another. For talent, KP has it but for commitment there is room for improvement.

  • maxi 8 years ago

    Welcome to Goal.com's regular feature: Goal.com World Player of the Week. Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by Goal.com International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have accomplished something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention... Goal.com World Player of the Week #127: Kevin-Prince Boateng Club: AC Milan Country: Ghana Age: 24 Role: Midfielder Achievement: Scored a 14-minute hat-trick for AC Milan against Lecce AC Milan looked dead and buried at half-time at Stadio Via del Mare on Sunday. Lecce, a side that finished 17th in Serie A last campaign, was 3-0 up in its league encounter and the Rossoneri had failed to inspire. Then Kevin-Prince Boateng replaced Massimo Ambrosini at the break. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri had to make changes to his side’s midfield after they were dominated in the first 45, and the 24-year-old’s introduction turned the game entirely on its head. Just three minutes after coming on, the Ghana international rifled a stunning half-volley past Lecce goalkeeper Massimiliano Benassi to make it 3-1. Six minutes later Boateng lashed home Antonio Cassano’s lay-off from the edge of the hosts’ box to make it 3-2 - and he completed his hat-trick on 63 minutes when he found the net from an acute angle. Milan had clawed its way back from 3-0 down to 3-3 thanks to his 14-minute hat-trick. Mario Yepes would go on to bag his side’s fourth and winning goal in its dramatic 4-3 victory, but Boateng would take all the headlines. The treble rounded off a perfect week for Boateng, who also scored the second goal in Milan’s 2-0 home victory over BATE Borisov in the Champions League in midweek.

  • maka 8 years ago

    Simply play the guy in his most comfortable position and we shall see exploits. Is Plavi watching how AC Milan is suing him to win games? What position is he being used at Plavi? Watch and Learn...play the players in their rightful, most comfortable postion ...because each player excels when played where they have to play!! And if we don't have injury issues, why don't they get played at their true positions? Inkoom isn't a midfielder, Adiyiah isn't a winger, and neither is Tagoe. Play Dede like he's being used Marseille, move Daniel Opare to the right and bench Paintsil, bring Akwasi Asare to the left...aaaaba! Coach Plavi, GFA, what at all do we need to say again for you to know that the blackstars are way below their true potential?

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