Sure, the fiery Italian striker wasn’t the most consistent of performers and had a plethora of off-field issues, but there were a lot of positives as well.
Balotelli scored 30 goals in 80 appearances across all competitions in the sky blue of City, including a brace in the famous 6-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The 31-year-old also assisted Sergio Aguero‘s injury-time strike against Queens Park Rangers that secured the Citizens’ first ever Premier League title in 2011/12.
So you see, it was far from a bad three-year spell at the Etihad Stadium from Balotelli.
One other thing ‘Super Mario’ brought to the City team was his outrageous calmness from the penalty spot.
Balotelli is widely regarded as one of the best spot kick takers in history and he was certainly befitting of that label throughout his time in Manchester.
He took eight penalties for City and didn’t miss a single one.
Not bad, Mario. The last of those eight penalty goals came in the 2012/13 Champions League group stage against Borussia Dortmund and it rescued a point late on for the English outfit.
Balotelli nonchalantly rolled the ball into the corner past Roman Weidenfeller and what made it all the better was the fact that the goalkeeper had tried his hardest to put the City man off.
The German whispered something in the striker’s ear and he simply stood there smiling, before leaving the shot-stopper on his backside with a marvellous penalty.
Balotelli didn’t hold back when he celebrated the goal either…
Video: Balotelli’s ice-cold penalty for City vs Dortmund
Moment iconique trashtalking contre Wedenfeller du BVB célébration GOATESQUE pic.twitter.com/MwjPWSTbWV— Zongo 🏴☠️ (@zangobinks) December 25, 2021
The man does not know the meaning of the word ‘pressure’ and his celebration mocking Weidenfeller was more than justified.
After all, if you can’t walk the walk, don’t talk the talk!
His spell on Merseyside certainly was as bad as everyone makes out, though…