Liverpool move my worst mistake: Balotelli
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