Man City have increased their summer spending spree by splashing out on Italy international Mario Balotelli. The 20 year old is known to have a bad boy attitude and he had a number of run-ins with team-mates, fans and his manager while at Inter Milan. With striker Craig Bellamy leaving City on loan yesterday, Balotelli will be seen as a player who can make an immediate impact on the team. Last season, Balotelli grabbed 10 goals and 7 assists in 37 games on all competitions.
Strengths: Agile, quick and powerful, he has all the attributes that a top-class striker should have.
Weaknesses: Temperamental and hot-headed, his off-field issues overshadow his talent. His work-rate and attitude have also been criticised.
Career High: Making his debut for Italy in an international friendly against Ivory Coast in August 2010, days before signing for Man City.
Career Low: In March 2010, he came under heavy criticism from fans after he publicly sported an AC Milan shirt, leading to an apology on the club’s website.
Style: Languid, confident, composed, a stylish attacker.
Quotes: ”I had a love-hate relationship with Mourinho. So much was said about this and when you get two people with a similarly strong personality, they tend to clash. There were some arguments, but nothing so serious, these are things that happen. When I watch myself on television sometimes I don’t even recognise it as me. I’m a good person with healthy principles, but I am also young and like to have fun.” Mario Balotelli on former manager Jose Mourinho.
Trivia: He was born to Ghanaian immigrants Thomas and Rose Barwuah in the Italian city of Palermo, and adopted by the Balotelli family at the age of three.