Balotelli: I could have won the Ballon D’Or

Balotelli: I could have won the Ballon D'Or

Liverpool finally managed to sell Mario Balotelli, but the forward’s irksome presence seems to be lingering around the club.

Nice signed Balotelli on a free transfer on deadline day, but that doesn’t seem to be the end of the saga between Liverpool and Italy’s most controversial striker.

When the former Manchester City striker had signed for Nice, Mino Raiola – his agent, said that Klopp is a “piece of sh*t”. There seems to be a disconnect between Balotelli and Liverpool, but it seems unnecessary to go as far as personal insults.

Well, tell that to Jamie Carragher. The pair enjoyed a to and fro on Twitter started by the former pro. It was effectively ended by Nice but the comments didn’t end there.

Balotelli scored a brace on his debut for his new club, but just before taking the field he spoke to Canal Plus about Liverpool, of course.

“Apart from the fans, who were fantastic, and some players who I got on really well with, I didn’t like the club.

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“I had two coaches, with Rodgers and Klopp for a short time, but neither their methods nor their personality left me with a good impression. I never really felt right there.”

I can understand, to some extent, his gripe with Rodgers, but he was as much, if not more to blame for his poor career with Liverpool. His lack of a work ethic resulted in a downward spiral of note. He ought to take a leaf out of Christian Benteke’s book, a consummate professional, who found a new club with ease as he is hard working and diligent.

Just in case you need some comedy, there’s this:

In an interview with former Olivier Dacourt, via the BBC, Balotelli was asked if he has any aspirations for winning the Balon D’Or.

“Of course. It’s not too late,” he said. “I think I could have already won it by now, but by working hard in training I could still win it in the next two or three years.”

Delusion. Of course, he could be taking the mickey, but it’s more likely he’s deluded enough to think that he’s better than Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez – let alone David N’Gog.

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