Looking at his incredible start to his Nice career, you’d be forgiven for thinking Mario Balotelli is a changed man.
The enigmatic striker has scored five goals in his first four appearances for the French side, including a brace on his debut against Marseille in a 3-2 victory.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that Balotelli is transformed because of his performances on the pitch, because it seems he is just as crazy as he always has been.
That’s because a story has emerged of what Balotelli did following his two goals in his first match for Nice.
No, he didn’t set fire to his house with fireworks nor did he drive around Nice with wads of cash on the passenger seat.
Instead, he crashed his agent's Bentley.
Don’t believe us? Let Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, tell the story.
“One day Mario asked me if he could use my Bentley. I said, 'score two goals against Marseille and we’ll talk about that,'” he told Italian paper Il Giornale, per Marca.
“I obviously forgot about it then, until he called me up asking for the keys.
“He took it to a discothque [club] and crashed it into a post when reversing…he called up to apologise. I forgave him, I can’t stay mad at him.”
Balotelli clearly didn’t let his little crash affect him as he bagged another brace as Nice thrashed Monaco 4-0 in the very next match in Ligue 1 to put them top of the league.
It also saw Balotelli become the first player in 25 years to score four goals in their first two matches in the French top-flight.
He also got on the scoresheet during this week’s Europa League clash against Krasnodar, although his side eventually lost 5-2.
If Balotelli can continue this incredible goalscoring run, then there is no reason why he can’t return rekindle his dwindling career.
Off the pitch, let’s just hope Balotelli never changes because he is great entertainment - although Raiola may think otherwise.
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