Mario Balotelli’s stock has fallen dramatically over the past 12 months. Liverpool, it seems, no longer want the controversial striker while AC Milan are unlikely to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Balotelli scored four goals in 28 appearances for Liverpool last term - a pitiful return for the Reds’ £16 million investment - and, due to injuries, has been limited to four appearances for Milan since rejoining the Italian giants on a season-long loan deal in the summer.
Now 25, it seems unlikely that Balotelli will ever fulfil his potential, but his current Milan teammate Diego Lopez has revealed that the striker still dreams of signing for Real Madrid.
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We’re not convinced Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will be particularly enthused by Lopez’s admission.
Balotelli lacks the right mentality to succeed
Balotelli is clearly a striker with talent but his lack of professionalism - both on and off the pitch - combined with his questionable work ethic means he has failed to scale the lofty heights many fans and pundits expected he would during his formative years with Inter.
The Italy international was billed as a potential superstar - a tag that stuck with him right up until he joined Liverpool in 2014 - when such a reputation was probably unjustified.
Yes, there have been a few moments of genius from the striker - most notably his performance for Italy against Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals - but this is a player who simply isn’t reliable.
Sadly for Balotelli, he should probably forget about the unrealistic idea of becoming the next Galactico at Real Madrid.
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