Mario Balotelli recently signed for Manchester City for a reported £24m. Without doubt the youngster has talent and huge potential, but his attitude makes me feel he’ll be more trouble than he’s worth for City.
He’s highly regarded as being a young player who could become a world-class forward. At Inter Milan he scored twenty goals in fifty-nine appearances over three seasons. The problem with him is that he’s just as well known, maybe better known, for his petulance and poor attitude.
Inter’s former boss, Jose Mourinho, isn’t one to mince his words. He quite often criticised Balotelli during his two-year spell in charge. In 08/09 season Mourinho said: “As far as I’m concerned a young boy like him cannot allow himself to train less than players like Figo, Cordoba and Zanetti.” Mourinho had questioned Ballotelli’s effort in training a few times previous to that comment. After a 1-1 draw with Roma last season Mourinho claimed Balotelli was ‘near a zero rating’.
In March of the same season he did something downright ridiculous. He wore an AC Milan shirt on an Italian TV show. The lad is either incredibly arrogant or doesn’t have a brain in his head.
It seems to me he’s got a case of ‘the big I am’. He’s already trying to throw his weight around at City, having been there two minutes. He’s took the number forty-five shirt off academy player Greg Cunningham. Because of course, he’s the star and Cunningham is a nobody.
There’s no doubt he’s got ability, but his attitude stinks. If he’s playing every week and City are winning then he’ll probably be a fine player for them. But he’s competing for a place with Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and maybe Roque Santa Cruz, Robinho and Jo should they be registered in the twenty-five man squad and stay and fight for a place.
And if he doesn’t put the effort in he won’t play regular. And if he doesn’t play regular he’ll kick up a fuss.
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