The 29-year-old former Black Stars player opened up in an exclusive interview with Marca, talking about his move to Spanish side Las Palmas and how his splurges left him broke.
“For a guy like me, I grew up in a poor neighbourhood, and having all that money to spend was dangerous.”
Boateng admits that if he could go back and do it all again, he would behave differently.
“I regret a lot of things,” he explained. “When I was younger, I didn’t work hard because I could rely on my talent. That’s not the right path.
“I wish I’d worked harder, but then again, it was normal back then, since I was the boss of my town and had money and fame.”
Boateng’s career has enjoyed a renaissance with Las Palmas, where he has scored five goals in 11 La Liga appearances this season.