Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is constantly finding himself in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. This controversial character keeps on coming up with new ways to make a song and dance instead of just playing the game.
Once again the 21-year-old Italian found himself in the eye of a raging storm of public disapproval in the aftermath of a recent Premier League match against Tottenham. Balotelli stamped down on the face of Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker, in a fashion that he claims was completely accidental, yet the camera shots reveal another possibility. Referee Howard Webb reviewed the footage and Balotelli was charged with violent conduct by the FA.
The City striker is no stranger to professional danger though, as he has continually courted controversy both on and off the pitch:
Puts Audi R8 in a State
Mere days after signing with City, Balotelli busted up his shiny Audi R8 while driving to the club’s training ground. When police asked him why he was carrying over £5,000 in cash on his person at the time of the cash, he nonchalantly replied: “Because I am rich”.
Disrespectful Backheel Backfires
During a friendly with LA Galaxy, Balotelli is clear on goal and showboats with a farcical pirouetting backheel that falls far wide of the mark.
Balotelli Sees Red after First Premier League Goals
Balotelli’s first Premier League goals, which gave City a 2-0 victory over West Brom, were somewhat spoiled by his unnecessary fumbling with Youssuf Mulumbu.
Seeing Red… Again
Compounding his string of carding offences, Balotelli performed a reckless charge on Goran Popov during a Europa League tie with Dynamo Kiev, earning him another red. An enraged Mancini purportedly “threw a suitcase at him”.