Levante forward Emmanuel Boateng is certainly one who knows when to pick his moments.
He scored a goal against UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid earlier this season, and made history by becoming the first player to score a hat trick against Barcelona, since Diego Forlan did so in 2005.
His remarkable feat helped his side end Barcelona’s 44 game unbeaten run in an epic 5-4 victory over the Spanish League champions on Sunday.
Boateng has revealed that he never expected to bag three goals against the Spanish giants, although he was positive his side could get all 3 points.
“As a striker, you are only judged by the goals you score, so i was praying to score but I never thought of scoring 3 so all the glory to God.
“I didn’t know what to do after realizing I had scored 3 against Barcelona. I was ecstatic and so happy ,as this is my first hat trick in professional football,” he told Kumasi based Oyerepa FM.
Boateng’s amazing display on the day earned him praise even from Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.
“Coutinho told me in Portuguese to continue with what am doing and that it will take me places. He asked me to believe in myself.”
Boateng has been handed a call-up to the Black Stars for the upcoming friendlies against Iceland and Japan.