Remember when Mario Balotelli struggled to put a bib on during a Manchester City warm-up?
Of course you do. It was in Balotelli’s first season in England and gave us a glimpse of what was to come.
The Italian was the butt of the jokes for some time, with Edin Dzeko poking fun at Balotelli in a later training session.
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The 26-year-old, who currently plays in France for Nice, is surely considered by Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers, and more who have managed Balotelli, to have been one of the toughest players to coach.
Just read Mourinho’s brilliant anecdote from his time at Inter Milan.
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“I could write a book of 200 pages of my two years at Inter with Mario, but the book would not be a drama – it would be a comedy,” Mourinho told BT Sport in 2014, per the Daily Mail.
“I remember one time when we went to play Kazan in the Champions League. In that match I had all my strikers injured. No Diego Milito, no Samuel Eto'o, I was really in trouble and Mario was the only one.
“Mario got a yellow card in the 42nd minute, so when I got to the dressing room at half-time I spend about 14 minutes of the 15 available speaking only to Mario.
“I said to him: ‘Mario, I cannot change you, I have no strikers on the bench, so don't touch anybody and play only with the ball. If we lose the ball no reaction. If someone provokes you, no reaction, if the referee makes a mistake, no reaction.’
“The 46th minute – red card!”
Balotelli's latest hilarious act
Lucien Favre is now Balotelli’s manager and it’s been about as crazy as you would expect. The ex-Man City man has scored 12 goals in 22 appearances but he’s also received six yellow cards and been sent off three times.
Balotelli saved his best moment for yesterday’s game against Nantes.
The striker missed the first two minutes of the match because, and we’re not kidding, his shoe laces were too tight.
Balotelli had to stand and watch on the sideline as Nice played with 10 men. A member of staff had to come along to adjust his laces before he joined his teammates on the pitch.
Watch the hilarious incident below.
Why always him?
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