As he joins Liverpool FC, the “Never Walk Alone” team from AC Milan, marking another wonderful return to the British Premiership League, Street Journal takes a look at five moments of madness of the controversial Italian striker, Mario Balotelli:
1. Bad first impression:
Just days after signing for Manchester City, Balotelli hit the headlines after crashing his Audi R8 en route the club’s training ground. Balotelli was found to be carrying £5,000 in cash at the time of the accident and when police asked why, his reply was “because I am rich”.
2. Dart shame:
Balotelli once again showed his lack of maturity and poor judgment when it emerged he threw darts at Man City’s youth team players through a training ground window in March 2011. No one was hurt in the incident and he escaped punishment.
3. Fireworks off the pitch:
Balotelli had a run-in with the emergency services in October 2011 after a firework was set off in the bathroom of his home, triggering a fire.
The next day, he scored in the Manchester derby and celebrated by revealing a T-shirt which reads: “Why always me?”
4. Bizarre prison break:
Mario and his 17-year-old brother Enock were arrested strolling through the grounds of a women’s prison in Brescia, near Milan, in October 2011.
Balotelli was said to have told police that curiosity got the better of him and “just fancied having a look”.
5. Banned after Parker stamp:
Balotelli was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association, and subsequently handed a four-match ban, after appearing to stamp on the head of Tottenham’s Scott Parker during a Premier League match in January 2012.
His coming to Liverpool will definitely not be without some fireworks and the fans are eager to see “Super Mario” show some flashes.