Ghana forward Kevin-Prince Boateng says he help fight racism in America when he joins the Major League Soccer amid the death of George Floyd.
Boateng, who previously played for AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur in a career that spans 16 years, has not hidden his desire to add the American Major League Soccer to the list of leagues he has played in, claiming he was “really close” to signing with Orlando City SC five years ago.
Protests in the USA and around the world have raged over the last nine days following the death of African-American Mr Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
Plenty of prominent footballers, clubs, leagues and governing bodies have since communicated their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight against discrimination, brutality and injustice, and joined calls for significant change.
"Nothing will change. I will remain the same person. I will fight for the same opinions, because now I am amazed. It hurts me, but now it has not touched me. I am strong enough to manage it.
"Maybe it would be perfect for me to go play there right now. So I will make a statement and show people that I will be your Mohammed Ali, who leads the people behind them. He always said: "I am more than just a boxer". I too want to be more than just a boxer. There are a hundred players who are better than me, faster than me. I will fight for something more."
"Even if I change the mentality of two, three, hundreds of people, I can do it. USA, Germany, Italy, France, England - racism is everywhere, so it doesn't matter where I play. I will always play for what is right, "said Boateng.