Football fans and commentators will likely use a range of exotic words to describe the career of Premier League misfit Mario Balotelli – but we believe ‘flawed genius’ does an adequate job.
Ah, the unpredictable talent that was Mario Balotelli. A refreshing and somewhat humorous player who knew he was bending the rules at every turn but continued to do so because, well, that was just the kind of player he was.
Sometimes it is easy to forget how talented he was at Manchester City – for it felt like his prankish escapades were more readily documented by the British press than the moments of pure genius. Those episodes of sheer arrogance, that only an untamed Mario Balotelli could pull off.
Need we remind you of his cheeky shoulder goal against Norwich?
He was their man at Manchester City. Their very own misfit. Every club needs one at some point – a loveable rogue – someone only they can appreciate.
Indeed, Mancini was brave to take a punt on him – we admit. He had already earned a name for himself in Italy for similarly stupid antics, parading around in an AC Milan top when he played for rivals Inter, for example.
But with great risk comes great reward – and does it come any better than creating the assist for the most famous goal in Premier League history? We think not.
Does it come any cheekier than revealing a ‘why always me’ top at Old Trafford during their 6-1 demolition? We doubt it.
The way he paraded around without exerting an ounce of energy would have infuriated fans if it were not matched with such unbridled arrogance and skill.
A legend in the blue side of Manchester.
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