Former Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng says representing Ghana remains the most important thing in his football career.
Boateng featured for the Black Stars at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups in Germany and South Africa respectively.
He also played at the 2002, 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
In addition the midfielder also enjoyed stints with the likes of Panathinaikos, FC Köln, Getafe, Fulham and Eibar.
Despite having a successful career, the 37-year-old insists wearing the Ghana colors goes down as the best moment in his playing career.
“Playing at the World Cup in 2010 and reaching the quarter-final [is among my highest,” Boateng told Goal.
“The first tournament in Germany would be more special because that was our first World Cup. It was crazy and we really loved it. We were in the group with the Czech Republic, the USA and Italy.
“When the US coach [Bruce Arena] was interviewed, he said he had only two games to play [in the group stage] – against Czech and Italy. He said he did not care about us [Ghana] because for us he knew he was going to pick the three points against us. After we won the game, we felt so good.”
“When I started playing football, my ambition was to play for Ghana and defend my nation anywhere in the world. It was such an honour being in front of Ghanaians and fans, singing the national anthem and playing. It was more than anything and I’m so happy about that,” Boateng revealed.
“I also wanted to play in Europe as a professional player, play in the Champions League and meet all the best players in the world. [I fulfilled these and] that’s something I really cherish in my life.
“But the most of all was playing for Ghana – that was the highest moment. It was good playing in Europe and all that but playing for your national side was something special.
The former Beitar Jerusalem man was able to secure 47 caps for the National team between 2001 and 2013.