It can't be easy to stay out of the spotlight as a Premier League footballer, but Stoke City larrikin Marko Arnautovic has taken celebrity mischief to a whole new level – and to no surprise, he's good pals with ex-Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli.
The Austria international joined the Potters for £2.4m from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen last summer and was instantly likened to the mischievous Italian due to his past off-field antics.
The Daily Mail recently compiled the best of his comical rap sheet featuring public verdicts from bewildered ex-managers of the audacious star.
Jose Mourinho stated that Arnautovic has "the attitude of a child" after enduring a season-long loan spell with him at Inter Milan, while former FC Twente manager Steve McClaren labelled him the craziest player he had ever managed.
Such comments are not unjust considering the chaos the ill-disciplined 24-year-old has caused already in his short career.
He's reduced himself to months on the sideline after tearing a knee ligament while playing with his dog, insulted policemen, been suspended from international duty with Austria for misbehaviour and supposedly gone out clubbing five nights a week during his stint at the San Siro.
But it gets even better, the Austrian was involved in a training ground boxing match with former teammate Sokratis Papastathopoulos and caught speeding during the early morning hours of a match day.
However, perhaps the 'finest' moment of his off-field career so far; Arnautovic, soon after obtaining his license but without a car, borrowed a luxurious Bentley from Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o. I'll let the words of the man himself explain the rest...
"I was driving into the city every day and was getting it washed all the time and keeping it nice," he recalled.
"One day I went to the restaurant for 45 minutes. After I’d finished the car was not there and at first I thought it had been removed for bad parking. I was shocked, I was crying and throwing up, I was really scared."
Did someone say role model? He's hardly the most level-headed footballer going around, but the Austrian claims he wants to change his ways now that he's arrived in England.
"I really don’t want to read s**t news about myself," he asserted.
He's certainly talented enough to make the headlines for purely football reasons, but you get the feeling this won't be the last time we hear about the cheeky striker.
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