Matthew Booth is a South African football (soccer) defender who currently plays for Mamelodi Sundowns after signing from Krylia Sovetov Samara, where he was captain of the team.
He made his debut for the South Africa senior team on 20 February 1999, against Botswana at the Cosafa Castle Cup. He plays regularly for the South Africa national team. Due to his height he is considered one of the most important players when meeting opponents with tall players. He is also the only white player in the squad at the present time.
He was also a participant at the 2000 Olympic Games.
Since 2006 Matthew has been married to Sonia Bonneventia, former Miss South Africa first princess, and international model.
They have two sons – Nathan Katlego, and Noah Neo. He has won a soft spot in the hearts of South African fans, with them shouting out his surname Booth whenever he touches the ball, which can be mistaken for booing.
Booth will from early 2010 represent Marcus Rohrer Spirulina in various promotional initiatives, and in particular, in a six-month national consumer competition aimed at promoting good health and optimum wellness.