Former Italian international Antonio Nocerino has described Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng as ‘a wonderful person’ and says that he is nothing like his ‘bad boy’ image that has been portrayed in media.

The former Black Stars player Boateng has often been described as ‘difficult’ and has had numerous run-ins with management at both club and international level in the past.

However, this public image does not line-up with how Boateng actually is, according to Nocerino, who played alongside the Ghanaian at AC Milan.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Antonio Nocerino played together for Italian giants AC Milan. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

“Kevin is a great, a wonderful person who is the opposite of what people think. The labels are wrong, you shouldn’t judge who you don’t know or take certain liberties,” Nocerino said.

“A great guy, who was part of a great group of champions who showed you the way. It was only up to us not to make mistakes and waste the opportunity.”

Boateng currently plays for second-tier club AC Monza in Italy. Monza are pushing hard to earn promotion to the Italian first division – Serie A.

The Biancorossi are owned by former Milan supremo and former Prime Minister – Silvio Berlusconi.

“I wish Boateng and Monza to land in Serie A, also because there are Berlusconi and [Adriano] Galliani who are two great managers,” added Nocerino.

“People who love football and of great competence, deserve to return to the highest levels again.”

Boateng has recorded five goals and four assists for Monza in 20 Serie B appearances this season, which is commendable for the 34-year-old.