Etihad Stadium youngster talks about life in England.
Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli says he is not “mad” but “entertaining”.
In his time at City he has thrown a dart at a youth player, was substituted for back-heeling when through on goal in a friendly and escaped unhurt from a fire in his bathroom.
The Italy striker, 21, said he would be boring if “I didn’t do what I do”.
“I’m not mad as some people say, although sometimes I’m entertaining. I’m ready to take on responsibility, even if people think I’m not,” he said.
“They seem to talk more about my private life than about what I do on the pitch.”
Balotelli, who moved to Manchester City from Inter Milan in August 2010 for a reported £24m, has found his form this season, scoring seven goals.
The striker said: “English football has taught me pressing and chasing back after the opponents when I lose the ball.
“I don’t miss the Italian championship, the standard is very low, while English football is beautiful, wonderful and enjoyable.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Football needs people like Mario Balotelli. An undoubted talent and a personality who is always on hand to provide an amusing incident for fans to discuss. The Italian has begun to settle well in England but has also managed to keep his individuality and whilst it is clearly not a great idea to burn down your house with fireworks or throw darts at youth team players, as long as no one gets hurt then at least we end up with amusing asides that complement his on field abilities.
Clearly Roberto Mancini is a person the young attacker looks up to and that relationship is a very important one and the 21 year old will surely grow into an even bigger cult hero at the club in the future.