Mario Balotelli - Enigma or just simply nuts?

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The thread title says it all.

Is the guy a misunderstood genius or a nutcase ?

Anyone see his attempted backheel goal for Man City against LA Galaxy?
 
Haha that was hilarious.

Apparently he thought it was offside and that's why he played that shot.
 
He is a talented footballer who does some daft things at times, this whole badboy image gets overblown imo
 
Exceptionally talented but has a colourful life off the field.
His parents left him and he was adopted, he must have had a hard upbringing. He will have an "event" every now and again but his talent will overwhelm his strange personality.

I was reading somewhere that he gave a homeless guy a grand, legend.
 
Exceptionally talented but has a colourful life off the field.
His parents left him and he was adopted, he must have had a hard upbringing. He will have an "event" every now and again but his talent will overwhelm his strange personality.

I was reading somewhere that he gave a homeless guy a grand, legend.

Plus there was this story

Mario Balotelli 'takes truant boy back to school and gives bullies ticking off'

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/oddbal...l-and-gives-bullies-ticking-off#ixzz1TAkM6vUJ

The youngster was hanging around outside City's Carrington training ground and asked the maverick striker for his autograph, but Balotelli was more interested in why the little scamp was wagging school.

After the child told him he was being bullied, Balotelli immediately drove the boy and his mother to the school in question to give the bully a ticking off.

The Italian international then demanded to see the headmaster to make him aware of the issue, and even mediated as the two boys were sat down to resolve their differences.

A source is quoted by one paper as saying: 'Mario feels strongly about bullying and thinks it's out of order.

'He had no qualms about sorting the mess out as he felt the lad should not be missing out on school.'

Despite courting controversy on and off the pitch throughout his first season in the Premier League, Balotelli has occasionally displayed something of a Good Samaritan streak.
 
The man is a little pagal. Ok, maybe not a little. A lot.
 
When he does something dumb, it's really dumb.

Thus, he looks like an idiot. A manager has to have a lot of patience to deal with him.

Having said that, he's a very good player.
 
Maybe hes a flawed genius, only time will tell. He will have to try and keep fit this coming season, what is his best position?
 
Has the potential to be the best in the world but unfortunatley at the wrong club. a club who is in the press for all the wrong reasons recently.

He needs to be at a team where he is the star player and the manger gives him alot of attention and constantly gives the player attention.

A bit like Adel Taarabt when he was at spurs the manger hated him for his antics on and of the field, was sold to QPR and single handedly got them promotion. Now he is going to money rich PSG.
 
just seems like a muppet and will probably be a massive waste of talent as well.
 
Come home to Italy...better yet come to Juve :D
 
Thats a cool story GA, really shows a side of Mario that you wouldnt expect from him.
 
Bad boy Balotelli notches up £10k in parking fines and has car impounded 27 times Re

This article is nuts. He's very diverse. :))

Mario Balotelli may not be making the headlines on the field but he continues to make his mark in the streets of Manchester.

The Italian has racked up almost £10,000 in parking fines and his white Maserati supercar has been impounded 27 times, leaving club officials with the laborious task of collecting the car.

And when police allegedly pulled him over to ask why he had £25,000 in cash on his front seat, the arrogant bad boy retorted 'Because I can'.

Boy racer Mario Balotelli has received almost £10,000 worth of parking tickets

'Mario will drive from his luxury apartment to a restaurant a few streets away and leave the car on double yellows,' a City source told The Sun.

'The other week the Maserati misfired so he just abandoned it. Staff have had to bail it out 27 times.

'The valet the club uses empties the glovebox of tickets every time he cleans it. Mario doesn't seem to care. It's a drop in the ocean to him.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1380405/Mario-Balotelli-notches-10k-parking-fines.html
 
BBAli - support striker or either side of a trident.
 
The guy lives on the edge but when hes focused on his game he will score goals.
 
awesome, awesome, awesome player.

and the swagger! :viv
 
Mario Balotelli: Nice striker should be protected - Fare

Mario Balotelli "should be be given added protection by referees" rather than being booked for complaining about alleged racist chants, says anti-discriminatory body Fare.

Nice striker Balotelli was given a yellow card by referee Nicolas Rainville after protesting to him about fans in his side's 3-2 defeat at Dijon.

"The French league is one of the most diverse in Europe and so one would expect referees to understand and act seriously after players complain about racism," said Fare.

The LFP, which oversees the top two leagues in French football, is investigating the incident, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.

taly forward Balotelli, 27, who has played for Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool, was unhappy with the reaction from the home fans when he missed a shot in the 72nd minute, gesturing to the Dijon supporters to be quiet.

"Mario Balotelli should be be given added protection by referees and stadium officials, not a yellow card when he brings it to the attention of a referee," said Football Against Racism in Europe, which is an international organisation with more than 150 members in nearly 40 European countries.

"We are in touch with the French FA and are due to meet members of their senior administration next week.

"What is clear is that racism and other forms if discrimination continue to be a big issue in football across Europe. Progress in some countries is slow.

"The need for strong action and vigilance by every football association is paramount."

Kick It Out, which deals with discrimination in English football, said it was "shocked" at Balotelli's booking.

"It is unacceptable and wrong to see that once again a match official has failed to apply the Uefa protocol - in place for a number of years - which requires action to be taken to stop the game to deal with the offending abuse," it added.

"The organisation expects a strong response from the French football authorities in condemning both the alleged racist chanting from Dijon supporters and the failure of the referee to follow protocol to halt the behaviour, as well as the decision to compound Balotelli's experience as a victim by booking him for merely asking the match official to do his job."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43030309
 
Nothing will happen - supporter will get slap on the wrist - with a few month stadium ban
 
Italy's former Manchester City and Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, 30, who is a free agent after leaving Brescia, will sign for a new club "in a few weeks". (Goal)
 
Can't believe he's only 30, haven't heard his name for years. His career really fell off a cliff fast, feels like he should be nearly 40.
 
Mario Balotelli: Barnsley enquire about signing free agent striker

Barnsley have made an enquiry into signing former Italy striker Mario Balotelli who is a free agent after leaving Brescia.

The 30-year-old former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is currently without a club after having his contract with hometown Serie A side Brescia terminated because he repeatedly missed training sessions in June and July.

Conversations have been held between Balotelli's representatives and Barnsley's co-chairmen Chien Lee and Paul Conway, but talks have not gone any further.

The former Italy striker has been training with Serie D side Franciacorta to maintain his fitness.

Balotelli, who left England to return to Italy in 2015, was linked to a move to Barnsley's Sky Bet Championship rivals Watford last month by newspaper reports.

Barnsley, who are currently 16th in the Championship table, are hoping the Italian can help boost their chances of survival.

Balotelli won three Serie A titles and the Champions League at Inter Milan, before winning the Premier League and FA Cup during a three-year spell at Manchester City.

The Italian was also won the prestigious 'Golden Boy' award in 2010, following in the footsteps of the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas.

https://www.skysports.com/football/...sley-enquire-about-signing-free-agent-striker
 
Mario Balotelli is set to return to the Italian national team, with reports claiming former Man City boss Roberto Mancini will hand the striker a fresh call-up.

It means the ex-Liverpool striker could be back in the Italy squad for the first time in three years, with the news coming amid surprise links with a transfer to Newcastle United.

The ‘Why Always Me?’ frontman, now 31, is currently playing his trade in Turkey for Adana Demirspor and has impressed for the Super Lig side this season.

For much of his career, Balotelli has failed to live up to his promise having been coached by some of the best managers in the world and played for the biggest clubs.

Now though in Turkey, he seems to have found his form and with eight goals and four assists in 20 games this term.


Reported by renowned Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, Mancini appears to be ready to give Balotelli another chance for the Azzurri.

His last appearance for the European champions came back in September 2018, when Italy drew 1-1 with Poland in the Nations League.

His last international goal came back in May 2018, in a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.

It’s quite a turnaround for Balotelli, who has been linked with a surprise return to Premier League football, if reports from Turkey are to be believed.

Via Inside Futbol, the president of Adana Demirspor, Murat Sancak, has been quoted saying Newcastle have made contact with the club over a possible move for the striker, but no offer has been submitted yet.

“Newcastle United were considering signing Balotelli, but so far they have not made us an offer,” he said.

“There is an exit clause in his contract. I will not tell you the number.”

https://talksport.com/football/1025...ancini-newcastle-transfer-man-city-liverpool/
 
One of the most overrated forwards I have seen. With a massive ego much larger then his talent I would be surprised if he represents his country ever again.
 
Mario Balotelli has been named in the Italy squad for the first time since 2018 as the European champions plan for their World Cup play-off semi-final.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward, 31, has not featured for his country since September 2018.

Balotelli is one of 35 players named for a three-day training camp after scoring eight goals in 18 league games for Turkish side Adana Demirspor.

Italy face North Macedonia on 24 March in a World Cup play-off semi-final.

'Balotelli to Barnsley? Now that is one Mario story I don't believe'
Balotelli has a record of 14 goals in 36 games for his country, but has earned only three caps since the 2014 World Cup.

This week's training camp is one of Roberto Mancini's final opportunities to get his players together before the North Macedonia match.

Balotelli worked under Mancini earlier in his career at Inter Milan and Manchester City.

BBC
 

Mario Balotelli: Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker 'in good health' after car accident​

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is "in good health" after being involved in a car accident, say his Turkish club Adana Demirspor.

Giornale di Brescia reported the incident happened in Balotelli's hometown Brescia on Wednesday when his vehicle crashed into a wall.

No-one else was involved and the 33-year-old was able to walk away from the car, which was severely damaged.

The former Italy international is currently recovering from knee surgery.

"We would like to inform you that our player Mario Balotelli, who was involved in a car accident yesterday in his country, Italy, is in good health, resting in his house now and doesn't have any health issues," the Turkish Super Lig club said in a statement.

Balotelli re-joined Demirspor in September and made five appearances this season before being ruled out with injury.

He rose to prominence after joining City from Inter Milan in 2010, helping them win the Premier League for the first time and a FA Cup.

After his exit in 2013 he joined AC Milan and then Liverpool, before spells in France, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.

He won the last of his 36 caps for Italy in 2018, but was called-up for a training camp in 2022.

Source: BBC
 
Currently recovering from a knee injury and crashed the car into the Wall. You can expect anything from him.
 
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