Eastlands youngster beginning to rub people up the wrong way.
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If you have ever seen the hilariously brilliant Dos Equis beer commercials for “The Most Interesting Man In the World” then this commentary on an exceptionally bothersome Italian footballer may be particularly germane to your interests.
He never goes a game without flailing tirelessly on the ground after receiving a rough tackle.
His mannerisms reflect an attitude of a 12 year old girl who has just learned the teenage idol she fancies the most, has been voted off American Idol.
His arrogance and baseless sense of self-entitlement never goes a week without rearing its ugly head from the bowls of the Eastlands.
His scoring record does not reflect his silly and tasteless opinions and outrageous accusations.
I am, of course, speaking of the Most Annoying “Boy” In The World: Mario Balotelli. The youngster currently employed at Manchester City (and for how long seems to be a mystery, even for Mario), recently collected a personal accolade as the best young player in Europe under the age 21 or the Golden Boy Award. The prestigious award is bestowed on the lucky recipient by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport, a real bastion credibility and all things football.
So, when the award was handed to Mario, it was a perfect match because the young Italian is the quintessential “boy”, having nearly every trait a boy would have. He is immature, stubborn, selfish and has the world in front of him and can’t seem to keep himself out of his own way. But, he is also one of the most athletic footballers in the world, with natural speed and strength to match any defender in the world.
However, Mario is struggling to find a balance between his ego and his ability in England. He scored an impressive 20 goals in 59 games for Inter Milan, but has not found his niche playing for the Eastlands side yet. The source of this dilemma for young Mario has several starting points. Most notably, his troubles could be attributed to the more physical and brash style of play in the Premier League. In Italy, Mario did not face the caliber of talent seen in England in the defensive end, nor the size and strength of say Robert Huth or Titus Bramble. Two defenders, who lack a certain technical skill possessed by most defenders in Italy. Yet, what they lack in such areas, are most certainly negated by their ferocity, size, keenness, experience and ability to frustrate strikers with knocks here and there or a slight push on the back.
Strikers, not all, but a large portion of them, tend to me very easily shaken. I think it comes with the nature of the position, which is usually fiery, explosive, emotional and surprising. So, when a young player like Mario Balotelli, who had it somewhat easy in Italy, comes to play in the no nonsense league in England, it is no surprise that he is complaining, wining and acting like a spoiled brat. Referees in England, however unaware of the game they seem to be, notice who likes to jab about and make a fuss and tend not to give players like little Mario the calls he professes he deserves. Which, ultimately leads to his antics and articles like this one.
So, with the drastic change in play from Italy to England, along with Mario’s juvenile behavior, it is no wonder that he is resented by so many. Recently, he was quoted as saying he does not who Jack Wilshere is and claims he is a better player than Cesc Fabregas, Rafael Van der Vaart and Wayne Rooney. Now, whether or not Mario actually does not know who Jack is or if he even believes the comical claims of his superiority to world class players, it is all still quite maddening.
He is also quoted as saying he would like for AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic to keep persuading him to make a return to Italy and would love to play for the Rossoneri one day. In addition, he stated that he would like to win the EPL with Manchester City first. Well, thank god he knows where his priorities lie. “Hey City fans, I really don’t care about the city or the fans or my teammates, but I would like to win a title here and move onto Italy. I hope that is okay” Who is controlling this kid? Does he have a responsible adult to watch him or straighten him out once in awhile? Of coarse you can’t depend on Roberto Mancini to do the disciplining because he could use a good smack himself for his selfish and puzzling behavior. So, what we have here is a young player with all of the talent in the world, but no one to look up to or to help him along.
It is a real shame because while Mario is out shooting his mouth off to reporters and complaining more often then he scores, players like Jack Wilshere, who finished second to Balotelli in the irrelevant Golden Boy Award and David de Gea, who finished third, are quietly improving, gaining valuable experience and making a positive impact on themselves and others. Even David Ngog, who prances delicately along the field is light-years ahead Mario. David scores and keeps his mouth shut, but I have a feeling that if he didn’t Carra would come along, even with a dilapidated shoulder and have a “talk” with the boy.
So, while the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Bojan Krkic?, flourish in their respective powerhouses, Mario Balotelli is sliding down a path of short-term contracts with teams that don’t care about their players. Don’t be surprised if he moves back to Italy, and even if you are City, could you be upset if he does? What has he done since arriving? And with the cash flow the Sheik has, I am sure they will have another Mario by Valentine’s Day.
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