Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt has attacked Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli and claimed the Liverpool striker's supporters are overstating his talents.
The Moroccan played alongside Balotelli during a loan spell with AC Milan last season and said: “Everybody told me he was amazing. I played with him and I can confirm he’s good, but he didn’t seem like a world-class player to me.
“He has a strong shot but he doesn’t play for the team. Or if he does, then he doesn’t score which is the case now with Liverpool. He had a lot of chances, from Manchester City to Milan, and he threw them all away.”
Balotelli has struggled since his summer return to England, his only goals have been two strikes in the Champions League despite making 10 appearances for the Reds in the Premier League.
The Italian managed 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances after his move to the Rossoneri in January 2013 and in his only full season in AC Milan colours he managed 14 goals in 30 games.
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Controversy has followed the 24-year-old around with his lazy style and eccentric behaviour frustrating many managers, among them Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho and Cesare Prandelli.
Balotelli never managed more than 23 league appearances in a season for City, despite a decent return of 13 goals, usually in big games, Balotelli’s behaviour led to his departure from the Etihad.
Mancini and Balotelli clashed on several occasions with the manager reportedly throwing suitcases at the striker on a flight back from Kiev however the final straw came when the two had a highly publicised training ground bust up and the 24-year-old was sold to Milan later in the month.
In spite of the criticism and his frustrating performances the striker has still picked up a Premier League title along with three Serie A trophies and helped Italy to the final of Euro 2012.