Top 5: Memorable Balotelli moments
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is never far from controversy
After months of speculation, the enigmatic Mario Balotelli has finally left Manchester City for Italian giants, AC Milan.
Though his attitude was often questioned, one cannot deny that he provided the Premier League with some much-needed humour, madness and the occasional flash of brilliance.
As a tribute to the mercurial Italian, I've taken a look at five of the most memorable moments from Balotelli's career to date.
5. Balotelli throws darts at youth player
Balotelli and boredom do not mix.
In 2011, he threw darts at a youth team player because he was "bored", according to reports.
Putting on a bib - considered a simple task by many. Not for Balotelli.
The 22-year-old frontman has had his fair share of tussles with players/managers in the past. Not stopping there, Balotelli also had a 'bust-up' with a bib in training, as he struggled to get it over his head.
Only you, Mario . . .
3. Euro 2012
Whilst Balotelli is likely to be remembered for his antics off the pitch, on it, he produced his best moments during the 2012 European Championships.
The former Inter Milan striker finished the tournament with three goals to his name, two of which were against Germany in the semi-final, with Italy eventually finishing as runners up to World and European champions, Spain.
2. Winning the Premier League title
Mario is certainly not known for having a cool head, but on this occasion he remained remarkably composed as he shrugged off his marker, turned on a sixpence and slipped a slick ball to Sergio Aguero. The rest, as they say, is history.
This was a glorious moment for a man who was subjected to so much criticism during his time with the Citizens, but for whom the fans of Manchester City will always hold a special place.
1. Why Always Me?
Perhaps the photo that best encapsulates Balotelli is the symbolic scene in which, having scored against bitter rivals Manchester United, he unveils a shirt bearing the line 'Why Always Me?' in response to his constant presence in the national newspapers.
It certainly brought a smirk to everyone's face, unless of course you're a Manchester United fan, as Sir Alex Ferguson's side went on to lose 6-1 at Old Trafford.
Balotelli produced a stellar performance, scoring two goals as City ran riot.
It's also worth mentioning one or two further incidents that saw Balotelli feature heavily on the back pages in England, including a shopping trip to buy household items which culminated in him purchasing a quad bike, setting fire to his house after lighting fireworks in his bathroom, before fronting a firework safety campaign weeks later. Proof that he has a sense of humour, if not common sense.
Despite his misdemeanours, there can be no doubting that Balotelli is an extremely talented footballer, although he leaves with a label of unfulfilled potential.
However, at the tender age of just 22 he still has plenty of time to set the record straight at AC Milan.
Good luck Mario, England will miss you.
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