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I Regret Not Winning Personal Laurel – Former Black Stars Player



Former Hearts of Oak winger, Don Bortey, has admitted he regrets he did not fulfil his full potential of becoming the world’s best footballer in his prime.

Bernard Dong-Bortey was the talisman  in the Black Starlets squad which won bronze at the 1999 U-17 youth championship in  New Zealand.

The 37 year old enjoyed an illustrious nine-year spell at Hearts of Oak where he won four league titles as well as the Caf Confederations Cup trophy in 2004.

He emerged Ghana Premier  league’s joint-topscorer in 2001-02 season during his days with Accra Hearts of Oak.

The skillful attacker was also capped 27 times for the Black Stars, scoring nine goals.

Despite the achievements, Bortey believes he didn’t fulfill his full potential and disclosed he harbored ambitions of becoming the World’s best footballer in his prime and before retiring from football.

“I’m always in pain about my career because when I was in my prime, my target was the African or world best player award,” he said in an interview.

Dada Don as he fondly called saying “if George Oppong Weah can be world best, Don Bortey can be world best”.

However, he was optimistic his kids will reach that stage he was not able to reach with his football career.

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