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Balotelli: “I Still Want To Become The Best”


Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli recently completed his first year with Milan and he has been relatively successful with the Rossoneri. Milan so far this season have been extremely disappointing, sitting in 11th place. The Italian striker has struggled to find the back of the net consistently, this became evident in Milan’s last fixture against Napoli when he was substituted off for failing to make an impact.

He was interviewed by FourFourTwo answering questions about his future and his past. “I miss the City fans, even though the Milan fans are just as good. I enjoyed myself there. There’s not a great deal of difference between City and Milan in the way they treat the players or whatever. If I still talk with the City players? I got a text from Micah just the other day. I see Tevez sometimes now that he’s in Italy. It was diffcult at City at first, but I went to Manchester as a boy and I came back as a man.”

Balotelli continued on by touching upon Milan’s current season and his role with the club. “It has not been an easy season for us, but we have plenty of good young players. Maybe there’s a bit more responsibility for me now working with younger players like El Shaarawy but it hasn’t been like it’s a big decision that I had to take. Having Kaka back at the club has helped as well, I think. He’s a very experienced player – someone you can always learn from.”

The forward carried on by mentioning his ongoing struggle with fans and defenders. “Some opposition players can’t handle you, so they have to try to wind you up. Most referees know what’s going on. They see it. The fans? If it’s not racist chanting or something, then it’s not really that much of a problem. You grow up with it, really. Would I walk off if there was any racist chanting? Yes.”

Balotelli then reveals his religious side as well as his idols as a kid. “Yes, I believe in God. There have been some moments when I’ve used that to help me. To calm me down? Sometimes, yes. When I was younger, I used to really like boxing. And Mike Tyson was the greatest. Do I have a bit of Tyson’s attitude when I’m playing? Maybe sometimes. A little bit. Claro Ronaldo was my idol when growing up. He was just fantastic, such a good player. He reminds me of why I love football. I wish my bad side was badder. I would like to really piss people off. I’m talking about when I’m on the pitch. Sometimes, I think I should be a bit tougher when I’m on the pitch…”

Balotelli has practically secured himself a World Cup spot in Prandelli’s Italian side. “It’s a really big deal for me to play for the Azzurri. I’m very proud to play for Italy. I love playing for Italy. Prandelli is a great coach – you can learn so much technically from him. He has helped me a lot. When I do something important on the pitch, when people are proud of me. That’s when I love being a footballer. I’m going to enjoy myself. It’s in Brazil, it’s my first World Cup and I want to have a good time. I don’t see the World Cup as being some sort of big stage for me. I just want to go there and enjoy the experience. And I will.”

Mario Balotelli concluded his comments by mentioning his future. “If I will return to playing in the Premier League? Yes. But I don’t know when. I still want to become the best in the world.”


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