A former Ghana star has explained why he considered retiring from football at a relatively young age in his career.

After Schalke suspended Kevin-Prince Boateng in 2015, the midfielder thought of retiring from the beautiful game despite being just 28 years old at the time.

“I said to myself: ‘Why not?’” he told Kicker.

“I’ve earned a lot of money, seen everything and have a wonderful family. What else can I do? But that was only for two days.”

Boateng, who now plays for Eintracht Frankfurt, believes if he had worked harder, he could have maybe been playing for Real Madrid.

“My dream is to help young players,” he said.

“I don’t want them to make the mistakes I did in the past. The rest? I was 20 when I dreamt of other things.

“If I had always been honest to myself, I might play at Real Madrid.”

Boateng played for Las Palmas in La Liga last season, scoring 10 goals and assisting five strikes in 29 games.