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Mario Balotelli: Can the Rebellious Star Get His Act Together?

Posted by Marzia Hazra Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Italy has produced its share of young prospects over the years, but in recent times, few have been as promising as the rising starlets Davide Santon, Sebastian Giovinco - and Mario Balotelli. The Italian born forward of Ghanaian parents burst on to the scene in the season of 2007/2008 under the tutelage of Roberto Mancini as he bagged a brace against Juventus to put Inter Milan through to the semi-final in the Coppa Italia.

The 19-year old superstar certainly has it all in terms of quality; he’s good with the ball, has a ferocious shot, strength, creativity, flair, lightning speed, set-pieces, explosiveness and mind-blowing technique. Despite being one of the biggest talents to emerge in later years, there are few who are as despised as the Nerazzurri forward.

Clubs such as Juventus have been fined repeatedly this season due to the jeers their supporters have directed towards Balotelli. However, tacky as the chants may be, the majority of them aren’t insulting SuperMario for the color of his skin, but for his despicable behavior on the pitch. Remember the banner that was erected during the Derby d’Italia that read “Don’t kid yourself Balotelli, you’d annoy us even if you were white”?

Balotelli is quite a character and just like his outspoken coach, José Mourinho, he doesn’t leave anybody unaffected in the wakes of his numerous outbursts. The fouls, protests, arrogance, disputes and that bizarre murderous stare are just a few of the characteristics that make him such an infuriating player to watch.

The reasons behind SuperMario’s nasty attitude could be anything from his troubled childhood to the abuse he’s experienced ever since his breakthrough. However, not even the mastermind Mourinho has been able to contain the troubled youngster. On top of that his team mates have condemned his attitude in the media on more than one occasion.

The camera has caught several brawls between Mourinho and Balotelli on the sidelines this season regarding everything from substitutions to simple tactical directions.
It is not secret that the Portuguese tactician has blasted his prodigy on one too many times for not being a team player. In no club should a player - no matter the magnitude of talent he may possess - ever think himself to be bigger than the club, let alone at the four-time reigning champions.

Balotelli still has a long way to go in order to realize his true potential but must first and foremost learn that talent is not enough. The youngster’s attitude has hindered him in his development as we can only imagine where the forward would have been had he possessed a bit more humility.

Despite his antics, Balotelli’s talents can’t be denied, and neither his ability to influence the outcome of a game. The 19-year old is an expert at wrecking havoc in defenses throughout the Peninsula with his unpredictability and explosiveness. Despite having only started 14 games in all competition this season, the youngster has still managed to score nine goals and assist a further seven.

Balotelli’s latest displays have been encouraging enough for voices around the Peninsula to be raised about a possible call-up to Marcello Lippi’s national side. Although there is no doubt that the youngster’s qualities could be of great use to the Azzurri, the Inter hitman still has a long way to go in terms of maturity in order to handle the responsibilities that comes by playing for the Italian national team. Buy Cheap World Cup 2010 Tickets FIFA SA

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1 Responses to Mario Balotelli: Can the Rebellious Star Get His Act Together?

  1. Kevin Said:
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    TuttoBene has kindly reminded serieaweekly Super-Mario is an Italian born citizen (Palermo to be exact) and it is his parents who are Ghanaian.

    We edited the original post appropriately.


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