Eastlands man on a par with Old Trafford Star, according to Roberto Mancini
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‘I know how good Mario can become. He could develop into one of the top players in the world within two years, because he has everything. He is young and needs time, but if he wants, he can become a top player.
‘There are a few players in the past like him. Cantona, Ronaldo, Rooney. That is the level he can reach. I think if Mario uses his head and thinks clearly, he can do that. He just needs to change his character a bit. Not completely, but just enough.
‘People will try to wind him up, but he needs to understand that he must show different behaviour on the pitch, because, if he plays every game, I think he will make a difference.
Judging by the photo above there are a lot of similarities between Balotelli and Rooney. Both are natural goalscorers, both former teenage prodigies, both temperamental.
However, the Manchester United man has been there and done it while the Italian is still something of an enigma. Capable of moments of utter genius, we still have yet to see him flourish on these shores due to injury and suspension. This not to mean he won’t but perhaps less pressure should be put on the shoulders of a young man in a strange environment with a few issues on his mind.
If he ends up as good as Ronaldo or Cantona the City fans will be purring but just give him time to get there and don;t expect too much too soon.
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