Since making the move from Manchester City to AC Milan in January, controversial striker Mario Balotelli looks settled back in Italy.

As a Manchester City player, Balotelli was constantly at odds with his team-mates and coach, Roberto Mancini, who often left the 22-year-old out of his starting line-ups.

However, Balotelli made a vital contribution on the final day of last season with a Premier League-winning assist for Sergio Aguero, and he went on to shine at the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukriane, where he almost single-handedly fired Italy into the final.

With two superb goals against strong-favourites Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals, Balotelli secured Italy’s passage through to the tournament’s last match, where they were eventually beaten by world champions Spain.

Despite his summer heroics, Balotelli was a peripheral figure for Manchester City in the first half of this season, and he subsequently jumped at the chance to return to the San Siro in January,

Since arriving at Milan, the Italian has played 515 minutes of Serie A football and scored seven goals in only six appearances for the Rossoneri, compared to one goal in 14 appearances earlier this season for City. 

The young footballer has also seemingly stayed out of trouble of late and has perhaps turned over a new leaf in his career. 

Whether it’s the Italian climate or the fact that he has finally returned home, Mario seems to have turned things around and possesses a very bright future ahead of him at AC Milan.

 

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