Mario Balotelli is one of those footballers that is very obviously talented, but, sadly, the media are more interested in his personality and antics off the pitch.
The larger than life Italian international has been known to have a temper throughout his career and the notion that he struggles with discipline has followed him around.
Picking up three red cards for Nice this season certainly hasn't helped his reputation.
But, on the flip side, he has scored 10 times in 16 games for the French title contenders and has shown glimpses of the player that was once one of the hottest properties in Europe.
Still only 26, the former Inter and AC Milan man has time to prove people wrong, but he's now insisting he'll do it with his actions, not his words.
That's because after a recent, wide-ranging interview with French outlet RMC, the forward was left angry with the quotes the publication chose to lead with and the angles they took.
“I spoke about amazing young players, I spoke about racism, I spoke about Italy, all those newspaper could get was about the Cavani story… you just ridiculous seriously…” Balotelli posted.
Balotelli described PSG forward Edinson Cavani as "not a phenomenon" and said he rated Cavani teammate Angel Di Maria and Monaco forward Radamel Falcao as better players in Ligue 1.
“Seriously don’t ask me for interviews again… no one.
“Balotelli isn’t a game, (he) is a person with (an) opinion so get your owns to judge on it.
“Really isn’t the fact of another stupid lie story coming out that bothers me but the fact that I spoke about society real problem and all that they could get was that?
“That’s why the society and new generation will grow weaker and weaker.”
Apart from speaking about himself in the third person, the former Liverpool and Manchester City man has a point.
We certainly hope that this isn't the last ever interview Balotelli decides to give. He's just too damn interesting to never hear from again!
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