Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli believes Brazilian legend Ronaldo could be the key to his future success.
The Italian international has had a tempestuous start to his career at Eastlands, and was red carded in a crucial Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev last week.
Balotelli is also out-of-favour with the Azzurri, and wasn't included in their squad for this weekend's Euro 2012 matches against Slovenia and Ukraine.
A former Inter Milan star with bags of potential, Balotelli remains a controversial figure despite his young age, and the 20-year-old will need to settle if he's to enjoy a long and successful career.
However, Roberto Mancini has faith in the player, and he's acknowledged that solving some of his problems could have a major impact on the field. It seems Ronaldo could hold the key.
"Introduce me to Ronaldo and I swear I’ll behave to the end of my playing career,” he told Le Iene.
“I never met him, so you know when you see the idol of a lifetime it can change your way of thinking? There are many great players, but Ronaldo was the greatest and so one word from him is worth a thousand from the others.”
The striker did jump to his own defence quickly though, and believes he's improved on his own behaviour. The misdemeanors will soon stop, and the Eastlands faithful will get to see the 'real' Balotelli soon, according to the player at least.
"I already behave myself fairly well, but I’ll try to stop doing those stupid little things. It happens. You’ll soon see the real Mario on the field!”
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