Auf den ersten Blick fällt auf, dass die Pose, die Mario Barwuah Balotelli einnimmt, eigentlich nicht „fußballerisch“ ist. Sie entspricht auch nicht dem gewöhnten. 2. Juli Kaum ein Bild wurde in den letzten Tagen wohl so oft im Internet geteilt, wie das des italienischen Fußball-Stars Mario Balotelli (21) nach. 1. Okt. Das italienische enfant terrible Mario Balotelli sorgte in seiner noch jungen als sein kraftvolles, wunderbares Tor sorgt seine Pose danach.
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I t was the summer of , when, against all odds, Mario Balotelli took Italy to the finals of the European Championship. He was joint top scorer of the tournament.
He scored probably the goal of the tournament in the semi-final against Germany, and gave another of his iconic poses.
He was subjected to racial abuse yet, managed to be selected for the Team of the Tournament. A very typical Mario tournament.
However, he is now in the third season of his big money move to Manchester City. Mario on theis also baiting tabloids by doing things like setting up fireworks at his house and fighting with his teammates, Jerome Boateng and Micah Richards.
Club manager Roberto Mancini is infuriated with his behaviour. And then, Mario has a shocking half season. That is pittance when compared to his 17 goals in 32 appearances in the previous season.
This is also coupled with run-ins with the media or the manager, leading to the club being taken to a tribunal and missing 11 games in the half season.
It seems that everyone is relieved when a move to Milan he was a fan of Milan as a child materializes. The club had sold off its most prized assets.
It was thought that he, along with Stephan el Shaarawy who had already scored 18 goals in the season would be the forerunner of new Milan.
Mario was the new Ibra for the Milanisti—top forward who had switched over from hated rivals Inter. On top of that, he was young, Italian, and a fan of the club.
Mario lived up to all of that in his first six months—banging in 12 goals in 13 appearances. Milan managed to scrape through into the Champions League places thanks to his goals.
However, ironically the partnership with Shaarawy never materialized, with the Pharaoh adding only one more goal for the season.
The second season was, once again, supposed to be where Mario would become the messiah of Milan and take the team to new glory.
However, disciplinary issues and injuries meant that he managed only 18 goals in 41 matches. It is also a far cry from the dizzying figure of his spell in his initial six months.
Eventually, the Milan hierarchy realized what Mario really was. A spoilt brat who could not be trusted to lead the club.
Someone like Matt de Sciglio was a far better role model than Mario. Trusting the rejuvenation of a club like Milan with Mario was not sound.
The top brass, who were so enamoured with the previous poster boy—Alex Pato so much so that they had once stopped his sale after agreeing terms with PSG , had decidedly a swift fallout with his antics and disciplinary issues.
Mario was unceremoniously dumped for barely a profit. The vision of a revival at a club Mario had supported as a boy was over.
A return to Premier League was thought to be the best way forward. L iverpool was theoretically the best club in the Premier League for Mario to get into.
They had punched above their weight to return to the Champions League, having missed out winning narrowly.
There was definite space for a striker in a club competing on multiple fronts. Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho were the starters, but Mario was an excellent addition to augment the focal point.
Liverpool had made a solid gain in Coutinho, who was a reject from Inter and became a world class player at Anfield.
It was a disaster for both parties in After a promising start, Liverpool fell away to finish sixth. Mario had his worst season ever.
It was an overall catastrophe. In all, he scored four goals and saw seven yellow cards in 28 matches. The season was riddled with such injuries and suspensions.
By the end of it, Liverpool were sure that they wanted to get rid of Mario at any cost. The problem was finding a buyer.
Euro was supposed to make Mario the predominant striker of new age Italy. The Azzurri depended on him for world cup qualification.
He scored five goals, was the top scorer for Italy, and led it to the World Cup. He also scored and assisted his way to take Italy to the semifinals in the Confederations Cup.
However, his absence in the next two matches saw Italy finish third in the tournament. He even scored the winner in his first Word Cup match against England.
And that was that for Mario and for Azzurri. Italy lost the next two matches, and was bumped out at the group stages for the second consecutive time.
Mario never got to play for Italy again. But Mario has been conspicuous by his absence. S o, where does Mario go from here?
Two stints at the Premier League have shown how they foster his spirit of childish pranks.