In Italian football, like anywhere else in the world, there are a lot of talented players who have enormous potential and at the same time terribly bad character. What was worth Antonio Cassano - one of the most technical players of the series "A", which, despite this, managed to cause hatred of a good half of fans with his behavior. Provocations Marco Materazzi also entered the history of world football.
However, all these bright characters pale in comparison with the great and terrible Mario Balotelli. The biography of a football player is notable not only and not so much by his sporting exploits, as by all sorts of scandals and stupid antics.
The future striker was born in 1990 in Palermo, when Italy hosted the FIFA World Cup. The childhood of Mario was not cloudless. A child from a family of emigrants from Ghana, he suffered a complicated operation on his stomach at the age of two.
Parents were unable to pay for expensive treatment and transferred the child to the tutelage service. In the end, he was adopted by Francesco and Sylvia Balotelli from Concezio of the Italian province of Brescia, who by that time had already had two children. Giovanni and Corrado became true brothers for Mario and helped the parents take care of him.
Balotelli for life retained his resentment against his biological parents for having abandoned him. According to him, his only family lives in Brescia, and he does not know any other.
A boy, not so long ago was between life and death, fell in love with football. The first team of the seven-year-old boy was "San Bartolomeo". Then followed a string of little-known Italian clubs, and as a result, at the age of 17, he falls into the strongest at the time the team of Italy - Milan "Inter".
Young hope of "Nerazzurri"
The time of arrival of Mario Balotelli in the camp of "black and blue" coincides with the period of work as coach Jose Mourinho. Already then the football player began to show his difficult character and constantly swore with the already famous specialist.
However, Mario Balotelli, photo of which is increasingly appearing in all football publications in Italy, was distinguished by outstanding technique and showed great hopes. High and athletic, he thus had excellent coordination of movements, was fast, plastic and sharp. In the second year of his stay in the team, Mario scores 10 goals per season.
Expensive purchase of Arab sheiks
In 2010, Balotelli moves to Manchester City. Owners of the club - sheikhs from the UAE, without thinking, laid out 35 million pounds for a scandalous football player. Together with the team, Mario took third place in the championship of England and earned the right to play in the Champions League. The next season was the most successful in his career. "Super Mario" scores 17 goals in all tournaments, makes a big contribution to the victory of his club in the national championship.
In the rank of champion of England, he went to the European Championship in 2012 as part of the Italian team. The main game in the tournament is a match with the Germans in the semi-finals, where Mario Balotelli scores two goals and leads the team to the match for the first place. In the finals, however, it was not possible to distinguish himself or his partners.
In England, Balotelli continues to see. He manages to set fire to his own house, tries to get into the women's prison, fires darts young players, "Manchester City". Clear explanations for his actions, he can not give and becomes a real nightmare for a respectable English club. It's no surprise that when his game figures fall, he is immediately discarded and sold to Milan in 2013.
From England to Italy and back
As often happens with him, after a disastrous season, Mario Balotelli takes over the mind and spends his first year in a new team. In the second round of the season 2012/2013 of the series "A" he scores in almost every match, and in his first full season for "Milan" he becomes the best sniper of the club with 14 goals.
English "Liverpool" considered that the ever difficult teenager finally corrected, and decided to buy it in return for the departed Luis Suarez. However, the time spent in this team was a real nightmare for Balotelli. For the entire season, he hardly differs in only one match. Not least thanks to Mario's inarticulate game, Liverpool failed the whole tournament.
The player is rented to Milan, but his business did not work there either. Mario Balotelli scores just one goal in all games, the club refuses to further extend the lease. No one was waiting for him back at Liverpool.
Agent football player in desperation publicly prayed for another chance for his unlucky ward, who did not want to take even even second-rate clubs.
Suddenly, salvation came from the Cote d'Azur. French "Nice" signs a contract with the striker. The first half of the season 2016/2017 the player spent quite well, again began to score. What will happen next - no one knows.
Mario Balotelli. Personal life
In a series of constant scandals, between drunken fights in night clubs, the football player manages to seem to establish a serious relationship with Raffaella Pico. In December 2012 they have a daughter. However, even here Balotelli decides to spoil everything. To the whole world, he announced that he would refuse to recognize paternity before the results of the genetic examination, which as a result would be positive.
In 2013, he has a new passion - Fanny Neguesha.
Mario Balotelli is a vivid example of how irresponsible behavior, the lack of a sense of reality, can ruin the career of even the most talented football player. Not everyone is able to pass the test of fame, money, recognition.