Mario Balotelli: The Controversial “Ticket” to Success
Crazy talented or just crazy, whatever your opinions of his personality one cannot but wonder what’s next for Super Mario. Mario’s career has so far been one emphatic roller coaster ride, earning him the reputation as the most controversial football player in recent history.
Despite often making news for all the wrong reasons, his football attributes have labelled him as Italy’s brightest prospect of the past decade. Given that Milan will miss out on Champions League football next season and the summer transfer market looming ever closer, the future of Mario Balotelli in Italy remains uncertain.
Personality and off-field antics aside, his club statistics continue to show promising signs. At only 23 years of age Balotelli has 8 major club trophies and 1 Community Shield to his name and despite not yet having won anything at A.C. Milan, is currently having his best season to date*. With high expectations having been placed on his shoulders ever since he first took to the field, he may finally be on the brink of greatness.
With today’s over-inflated market prices Balotelli remains worth a rumoured €30 million, significantly cheaper than the likes of Cavani and Falcao. With major transfer moves expected from the likes of Manchester United, Monaco, Chelsea and PSG one may wonder if the troublesome Italian may be an asset worth acquiring.
Whether you believe in superstitions, luck or whatnot, the one certainty remains; there is something special about Super Mario that attracts publicity and success like few others. Why always me indeed…?