Ghanaian forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has decided to retire at the end of the current season, Ghanasoccernet can report.
Boateng, 35, will not sign an extension with his boyhood club Hertha Berlin when his current contract expires, and he will hang his boot.
The former Black Stars player rejoined the German club at the start of last season and helped them stay in the Bundesliga.
The club rewarded him with a one-year extension for his great role in their survival.
Before returning to Hertha, the former Barcelona and AC Milan player stated his intention to retire at the club.
After making just 10 starts last season, the German-born Ghanaian is expected to play more games in his last season as a professional.
Boateng has reportedly lost five kilograms of body weight as the Ghanaian looks more lively and should be better able to convey his playing quality and experience to the pitch over longer periods of time.
The forward has better physical fitness as compared to a year ago and should be more impact this term.
He should also benefit from the fact that Ivan Sunjic, a defensive six, was brought in, which could protect Boateng and Suat Serdar, who are more equipped with creative skills.
Incidentally, it is also quite remarkable that the native Berliner was appointed vice-captain and considered the most respected person in the squad.
Boateng has been playing pro football since 2007 and won four trophies.
The former Germany youth international decided to play for Ghana prior to the 2010 World Cup and made 15 appearances, scoring two goals.