“The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.” Alluded to the Holy Bible.
On June 5, 2010, English Premier League club Manchester City confirmed the arrival of Jerome Boateng for a reported £10.4 million on a five-year deal following a stellar performance by the teenager with the German National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa but spent just one season with the Citizens as he was snapped up by Bayern Munich for just £11.7 million.
The teenager made just 16 appearances for City’s first team after joining from Harmburg before he returned to Germany, his country of birth when he signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich.
Few weeks ago, Boateng announced he will be leaving the Alianz Arena come the end of the 2020/2021 season after a 10-year stay at the club.
Boateng, a Germany international made the left back spot his own during his Country’s participation in the largest football event in the FIFA calender.
He excelled in this position as Germany where eliminated in the semifinals by the eventual winners Spain, thanks to a Carlos Puyol lone goal.
The German machines took a consolation prize of a second consecutive bronze medal after a defeat to Uruguay in the third place match.
Boateng, a 21-year old arrived England seeking to establish himself in one of the most difficult leagues in the World.
But made just 16 appearances under coach Roberto Mancini before making a switch to his country of birth.
Before his departure, Boateng won the FA cup with City and also helped them finish 3rd on the log behind Champions Manchester United and Chelsea who were the runners up.
Boateng arrived Alianz Arena to fight for a starting spot with the likes of Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm and Daniel Van Buyten who have already established themselves in the then Luis Van Gaal squad.
Over the last ten years he has helped to establish an era at FC Bayern. Jérôme Boateng was involved in numerous titles over that decade. As a tough ball-winner and with the technical ability to build from the back, the central defender is also an absolute favourite with the fans.
Invincible defender: Boateng played 56 Bundesliga matches in succession without defeat between November 2012 and December 2014 – a longer run than any other player in the history of the league.
Ball snatcher: Boateng won an impressive 62% of his challenges in the Bundesliga at Bayern – of all the players who have made at least 100 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern since the start of the 2011/12 season, only Javi Martínez has a better record in challenges over that timescale (64%).
The wall of resilience: Boateng is one of the five players who have succeeded in winning the treble with FC Bayern twice. The other four are Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Thomas Müller and Martínez. Across Europe that has only otherwise been achieved by Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro, Lionel Messi (in 2009 and 2015 with Barcelona) plus Samuel Eto’o (2009 with Barcelona and 2010 with Inter Milan).
The rocket launcher : Boateng set up the winner in the 2013 Champions League final with a pinpoint long ball to Frank Ribéry. Since making his Bundesliga debut for Bayern, the 2014 World Cup winner has played 2,477 long balls – that is only bettered in the Bundesliga by Mats Hummels (2,672) over the same period.
Touch of greatness: Of all the Bundesliga players who have played at least 1,500 long balls over that timescale, only Kevin Vogt (68%) has a better return of completed passes than Boateng (62% along with Naldo).
After eight Bundesliga titles, five DFB Cups, two UEFA Champions League titles – including two treble-winning seasons – and, of course, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there is little remaining that he is yet to win. So perhaps it therefore makes sense that he is just as focused on his main off-field passions – fashion and music – as he is on it.