Why Always Me? - The Biography of Mario Balotelli, City's Legendary Striker
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Mario Balotelli is already a footballing legend - and he's only 22. Incredibly talented, yet frequently controversial both on and off the pitch, Balotelli lit up the Premier League from the moment he signed for Manchester City in 2010. Born in Italy to Ghanaian parents, he suffered life-threatening health problems as a baby. By the age of three he had recovered, but his parents then entrusted him to a foster family and Mario grew up in the affluent village of Concesio. He began his footballing career with Lumezzane, earning promotion to the first team at the age of just 15. Balotelli's skill soon brought him to the attention of Inter Milan and he signed with them in 2006. Having made his first team debut in 2007, he became the youngest Inter player to score in the Champions League in November 2008. His second season at Inter was blighted by disciplinary problems, and a series of high-profile clashes with manager Jose Mourinho paved the way for a move to the Premier League. Reunited with former boss Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, Balotelli soon made his mark with a series of stunning goals - and yet more incidents - which led to him being the subject of increasingly implausible newspaper reports about his antics. But the 2010/11 season was to end in glory, with a man-of-the-match performance as City won the FA Cup. A stunning performance in the Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany sealed Balotelli's status as a legend. This was eclipsed in the final game of the 2011/12 Premier League season, when Balotelli provided the assist to Sergio Aguero, who scored in the 94th minute to give City their first league title since 1968. He is sure to provide entertainment, goals and controversy for years to come. Mercurial, troublesome and frequently brilliant, this is the incredible story of the most fascinating man in world football today.
Juventus and was racially abused by Juventus fans throughout the game, with chants such as ‘Black Italians do not exist’. Inter supreme Massimo Moratti was furious at the treatment of his star young player, saying he would have ordered his team to leave the field of play if he had been present. ‘If I had been at the stadium, at a certain point I would have left my seat in the stand, I would have gone onto the pitch and I would have pulled the team off,’ Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘They
Forgham and Tom Henderson Smith. Not forgetting: Angela, Frankie, Jude, Nat, Barbara, Frank, Bob and Stephen, Gill, Lucy, Alex, Suzanne, Michael and William. CHAPTER ONE A TROUBLED BOY His childhood certainly was no easy ride. He would suffer from health problems and poverty – and would eventually end up living with foster parents. His troubled childhood would be a key factor in moulding his character and the person he would become as a footballer and would certainly contribute to the
determined to achieve it – to the extent that they had a ‘clear-the-air’ debate at half-time. The Dutchman said, ‘We all want to win and sometimes you come face to face with each other. It happened in the dressing room and it is just a small thing. But it keeps the fire alive. Everyone wants to win the main prizes and we showed a great spirit in the second half. The belief has always been there. Obviously we’ve had our ups and downs and that’s normal for a team that wants to progress. But in the
such a competitive, class midfielder by now moving into management. He would do a good job at MK Dons, so good in fact that West Bromwich Albion would come calling for him. He took the Baggies up to the Premier League from the Championship but would then be sacked five months later as Albion went through a rough patch. Chairman Jeremy Peace said it was not a move he relished, adding, ‘On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Roberto for his efforts over the past 19 months, particularly for
is one who sometimes turns up in training and it is a bit cold and not too interested. The other time he really wants it and he is a special talent. He is a top player.’ And keeper Joe Hart added, ‘Even when some things were made up, he wasn’t bothered. Things like that just kind of slide off him. He’s totally unpredictable. That’s been proven many times. But unless you know him, you definitely don’t know him. He’s not really interested in keeping people happy. He’s not interested in acting up.