Mancini has some home truths for the striker.
Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has sent a message of warning to Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli by claiming he could end up like former Brazil striker Adriano.
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Mancini managed Balotelli at both Inter and Manchester City and says that if the 24-year-old continues in the same way that he is currently then he is in danger of wasting his career.
“I have not heard from Mario since we worked together at Manchester City,” the 50-year-old was quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“He was still a kid when we were together at Inter. He would do anything I asked him and he also behaved well at City.
“It has all gone downward a bit since he left City. I thought he would do well at Milan, but it didn’t happen.
“Mario is at risk of following the same path as Adriano. I hope that he wakes up one morning and realises that he is wasting everything.”
Despite what Mancini says the opinion that he behaved well at City could easily be disputed, with Balotelli caught setting off fireworks in his bathroom and also pictured having a training ground scuffle with his then boss.
It’s true that the Italy international hasn’t enjoyed a positive run since leaving the Etihad Stadium in January 2013 however, with the forward falling out of favour at AC Milan and failing to find any form since completing a £16m summer switch to Anfield.
Adriano was considered one of the best players in world football during his peak at the San Siro, but due to a combination of problems with his attitude and weight his career never hit the heights that were expected and now aged 32-years-old and the Brazilian has not played competitively since 2012.