Kuffour made the disclosure during an open interview with Erasmus Kwaw on GTV’s Lifestyle TV’s Heart & Soul Programme.
“I was a nasty guy, a shoeshine boy, a tiny seller,” he admitted. “I was doing a lot of horrible things in my life as a young one.”
Kuffour was a member of the Black Stars from 1993 to 2006, appearing in 54 games and scoring three goals.
He was also a member of Ghana’s team that qualified for the country’s first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2006, which was held in Germany.
The former centre-back had a great career with Bayern Munich, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League in 2001.
Kuffour has long professed his trust in God, and he disclosed aspirations to become a pastor in a 2003 interview with the BBC.
“God’s time is the greatest,” he answered when asked if he still had similar ambitions. There is nothing I can do to repay Him for what He has done for me. I’m afraid I won’t be able to offer money to God. I’m afraid I won’t be able to help him.
“However, the only thing I can do for him is gain souls.” Many individuals will alter their life because I am a man of God.”
The 45-year-old Ghanaian player made 54 appearances.