History of Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is one of the most striking examples of how you can completely ruin your talent and prospects.

He called himself second only to Messi, called Barcelona players "girls", played iPads on the bench and threw darts at Manchester City youth players.

Mario Balotelli
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His path

The Italian striker, who always impressed in important matches and was one of the best center forwards in Europe, now plays for Adana Demirspor. I doubt that at least half of you, however, like me, have previously heard the name of such a club. And this team performs in the Turkish Super League. And as we know, its level is far from the Premier League or the Italian Serie A, where Mario once lit his fire.

In those days, Balotelli was a regular player in the base of such clubs as Manchester City, Inter, Liverpool, Milan, Marseille. But after that, "Mario", getting more often into scandals than into the lists of top scorers, at first did not establish itself in the Italian Brescia, and then even flew out of the French "Monza".

As for his performances in the Italian national team, there is something to remember. A striker's double against Neuer in the semi-final of EURO 2012 immediately gave Mario super striker status. Despite losing to Spain in the final, Balotelli himself increased his transfer fee and established himself in the eyes of football fans. But the following years of his career were only bursts of such a game. Stability and did not smell. Newspapers more often wrote about his scandals than about Mario's achievements on the field.

The Super Mario games for Manchester City are remembered by the fans at the same level as the match with the Germans at the EURO. Playing for City, Mario:
  • Scored a brace against West Brom and received a direct red card
  • Fought with Jérôme Boateng and Vincent Kompany in training
  • Scored a hat-trick in the Premier League against Aston Villa
  • Received the "Golden Boy" award as the best young footballer
  • After a double against Manchester United, he showed a T-shirt with the inscription "Why always me?"
  • Received four red cards in his second season with City
  • Roberto Mancini says Mario will never play for the club again
  • A month after these words, Balotelli gave an assist to Sergio Aguero's legendary goal against Queens Park Rangers, which brought Manchester City's first championship since 1968.
  • The following season, Balotelli degraded completely, and was sold to AC Milan. Surprisingly, the amount of the transfer amounted to 25 million euros. But no amount of money paid back the nerve cells of the bosses of the "citizens".
Mario Balotelli won his last trophy in 2012. Still a Manchester City player. The peak of his transfer value also came at the time of speaking for the townspeople. Then the Italian cost 32 million euros. Now Transfermarkt estimates the striker at 2 million.
Tarique Buttz is a retired Kosovar Albanian who writes about football and betting for fun. He has followed football as a supporter since the 80s. Favorite team number one is Barcelona, but also feels a little extra for Newcastle.