Mario Balotelli has been given a big wake up call from both City and Italy.
The striker was dropped to the bench for City’s game at Chelsea on Sunday and has now also been dropped by the Italian national squad. The effect it has had on him may well save his City career as he has finally admitted he has a problem and has appealed to Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to help him.
“I spoke with Balotelli, he realised that he acted stupidly,” Prandelli revealed. “He said ‘I need help I always ruin everything,’” Prandelli continued.
Being relegated to the City bench would have been bad enough for the young striker, who has previously claimed that he could over take Lionel Messi as the world’s best player, but to be dropped form the national side could just be the kick up the backside Balotelli needs to improve his attitude.
The striker made an immediate impact at City, scoring on his debut as the blues qualified for the Europa League group stages but, after a short period out of action, got himself sent off for the first time after scoring two goals at West Brom. He has gone on to score 10 goals in 20 appearances for City but his recent red card against Kiev has again highlighted the dark side to his game.
There is no doubt that Balotelli has talent and there is no doubt he can score. If he can control his attitude he can be a great player for City and Italy. And the fact that he now recognises the problem is a big step towards rectifying that problem.
Last week, Balotelli apologised and begged forgiveness for his actions. The best way he can justify his request is by letting his performances do the talking. Only then, when we see the real footballer at work, will we be able to forgive him.
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