Liver­pool move my worst mis­take: Balotelli

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Even af­ter his de­par­ture from Liver­pool, Mario Balotelli con­tin­ues to cause con­tro­versy and head­lines.

The striker, now at Nice in France hav­ing moved from An­field in the sum­mer, scored twice in a 3-2 vic­tory for his new club against Mar­seille at the week­end but also took a shot at the two men who man­aged him at Liver­pool.

“Join­ing Liver­pool was the worst de­ci­sion of my life. Apart from the fan­tas­tic fans and some player with whom I have an ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship, I did not like the club,” Balotelli told Canal+.

“I had two coaches at Liver­pool, Rodgers and Klopp for a bit, I did not like their meth­ods and their per­son­al­ity. I never re­ally felt well there.

“I am noth­ing like Zla­tan (Ibrahi­movic) for ex­am­ple. You could con­front Zla­tan with lions and he would still be calm. If you sur­round him with good peo­ple, he will still be calm. That’s the way he is.

“But I need to be more re­laxed and have sur­round­ings that work for me.”

“It is not too late for me to win the Bal­lon d’or,” he added.

“I think I could have al­ready won it by now, but I might be able to win it within two to three years by work­ing hard and stay­ing se­ri­ous.

“Over the past two years, my work ethic has in­creased from 10 per cent to 80 per cent.

“I have re­ally started work­ing hard over the past two years.”

Balotelli’s pen­chant for naugh­ti­ness has fre­quently over­shad­owed his tal­ent. The Ital­ian im­pressed in­ter­mit­tently at Manch­ester City be­tween 2010 and 2013, but also had to es­cape from his burn­ing house in the au­tumn of 2011 af­ter let­ting fire­works off through a bath­room win­dow.

Manch­ester United man­ager José Mour­inho has joked how he could “write a 200page book” on Balotelli’s an­tics while the two were man­ager and player re­spec­tively at In­ter Mi­lan. — Om­nis­port

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