|Desc||Having emerged at Inter Milan he would head to the Premier League and Manchester City with Roberto Mancini, where he would play his role in the club’s early successes following their billionaire investment. He would be awarded the Golden Boy in 2010, modestly admitting that he had not heard of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere who he beat to the gong|
|Org||Italy National Team|
|Club as Player||Brescia FC|
2012 04 21 Retrieve
[Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, a former team-mate of Morosini for Italy’s Under-21 side noted things English authorities at least can learn from the controls in Italy] New findings need to be acted ons. In England there are not the heart checks we have in Italy. It is better to take precautions
2013 12 30 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli when a reporter likened him to Zlatan Ibrahimovic] You want to compare me to Ibra? Well, that’s a compliment… for him!
2013 12 30b Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli offers an extra incentive for Real to reverse a first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund: the stunning Fanny Neguesha] If Real Madrid come back in Champions League, I’ll let my girlfriend sleep with them!
2014 05 04 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli on himself] Mamma mia, I divide Italy in two! Amazing! While almost everyone overseas is united with me!
2014 10 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli on Steven Gerrard] I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo. Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future
2014 10 18 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli on Cesare Prandelli] Real men, if they have something to say, then they come to you and say it to your face. He went and said bad things about me to the newspapers
2015 08 29 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli on his career] I feel like a player who’s just finished the first half of his career. I played and lived like a kid. I’ve wasted a lot of opportunities. But the game’s not over, I still have a second half to play. Now I’ll play it like a man. I know a lot of people don’t believe in my comeback. It’s up to me to prove them wrong. Milan have taken a gamble, but I’ve made a promise to myself and all the people who support me. I’m starting from zero and know I can’t mess this one up. I will follow every rule. I know I’ll only be given my chance if I deserve it, but I haven’t forgotten how to play football
2016 11 12 Retrieve
[Nice forward Mario Balotelli talks about his admiration of the club’s supporters] Frankly, of all the club’s I’ve played at, these supporters generate the best atmosphere I’ve ever seen. It’s cool. I’m happy when people like me
2016 11 19 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli talks about Nice’s Ligue 1 title chances in France] I’m happy here [at Nice]. I’ve settled in very quickly in this fantastic place. There are a lot of youngsters in the team and the coach is very good and I’ve found everything favourable. There’s still a long way to go, but if we do win the title, I’m going to fly a helicopter over Nice
- 2019 11 03
- Mario Balotelli was racially abused in Verona yet some of his own club’s fans turned on him before the president labelled him ‘fragile’
2019 11 29 Retrieve
[Six years ago, Mario Balotelli was asked in an interview with Sports Illustrated what it was like ‘to be black and Italian’] It’s amazing. And now there are a lot more coming, so I’m not alone anymore
[Mario Balotelli wrote on Instagram last year] I am not a robot, nor an epidemic or even an idiot. Many times I don’t reply, to avoid problems and unnecessary tension, but I hear and see it all and it accumulates and I get fed up too
[All Balotelli has ever wanted was to be accepted. When he was finally able to secure citizenship upon turning 18, he declared] I feel Italian. I am Italian. I will represent Italy always. [And yet he admitted last year that he might not accept an Azzurri recall even if one was forthcoming] Have you ever thought that, and it might never happen, but one day you could need me and I’d be ready the same way I have been for the last three years, but hearing some of you insulting, denigrating and underestimating me over the years, I might be tired emotionally and therefore refuse to go?
I just ask that you respect me as much as I respect Italy and then we’ll be fine. I don’t expect to be mollycoddled or considered a phenomenon, but I guarantee that you could only get the best out of me with respect, because I am doing nothing to warrant this disrespect
[Balotelli was particularly upset by what unfolded in Verona earlier this month because his daughter Pia was watching on television] That made it hurt three times as much. It’s also happened to her before and you cannot insult a child saying words like that. We adults have to set the standard and show how to be civil
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Brescia striker Mario Balotelli has also been linked with a move to Naples after admitting he would love to play for the club] I tried it [to join Napoli]. I would have a great time in Naples. I would make my daughter head ultra. She supports Napoli. I sing to her, ‘Brescia, Brescia’, but she continues to support Napoli. She was very happy when I took her to the San Paolo, she was hypnotised. It is always a good emotion to enter San Paolo, although in my opinion the most beautiful stadium is San Siro
2020 05 09 Retrieve
[Balotelli after Chiellini’s comment] [Balotelli was hardly likely to take Chiellini’s comments lying down either] At least I have the sincerity and courage to say things face to face. You’ve had plenty of opportunities since 2013 to behave like a real man but you didn’t - who knows what you will say one day about your current team-mates. Strange captain. If that’s what it means to be a champion, I prefer not to be - and I never disrespected the blue jersey
2020 05 13 Retrieve
[Chiellini says Balotelli is a negative person with no respect for the team] At least I have the sincerity and courage to say things face to face. You’ve had plenty of opportunities since 2013 to behave like a real man but you didn’t.
2020 05 13b Retrieve
[Balotelli struggling to cope with lockdown] If you pass me the ball now, I am not able to get it under control with a first touch. It’s been two months since I touched the ball. I was going crazy the last couple of weeks, because I was totally alone. My daughter is in Naples, my son is in Zurich, my mother is of a certain age and needs to be protected, my brothers are in quarantine with their children, so I was left by myself. It was tough. It’s impossible to train properly if you don’t have a running machine, so even though it wasn’t really allowed, I went to the park near me to do a little running
[The Brescia forward says he is not a very good cook, and his diet has certainly suffered over the last few weeks] The Brescia forward says he is not a very good cook, and his diet has certainly suffered over the last few weeks. Fortunately, I then managed to get food delivered
2020 05 16 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli tells former team-mate Alessandro Matri about the struggles of life during lockdown] I was basically eating cardboard and trying to bite chunks out of the wall for the first three days, as I can’t cook anything. Fortunately, I then managed to get food delivered
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli took Giorgio Chiellini’s public attack on his character and professionalism in good spirits ] It’s the first time in my life that it’s you that messed up and not me!
[Balotelli told former team-mate Alessandro Matri] If you pass me the ball now, I am not able to get it under control with a first touch. I haven’t kicked a ball in two months. And I have been going crazy the last couple of weeks because I was totally alone.
2020 05 28b Retrieve
[Enock Barwuah on his brother Balotelli] Mario only plays at 30 per cent. Mario only plays at 30 per cent […] He’s very sensitive, so if the slightest thing goes wrong, he lets his head drop and doesn’t perform. It’s not easy to play with that much pressure on your shoulders
2020 05 31 Retrieve
[Mario Balotelli has responded to reports he failed to attend training on Sunday] How can you write that I am not training on the pitch? There are journalists at the centre at all my sessions, obviously with their TV cameras! I attend two training sessions a day, almost every day! How can you deny the evidence? I didn’t think I was a phantom, invisible to the cameras
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[Balotelli’s relationship with Brescia has soured in recent weeks, and he was turned away from training on Tuesday as the club prepares for Serie A’s return, due to the forward suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis] Stop asking me if I’m going to training or not. I’m going to training guys, I’ve always gone to training. Stop, I swear. Stop asking. If you want to know if I’m going to training or not then come here, I have a double session every day until Sunday, morning and afternoon. Come here, then you’ll see
2020 06 21 Retrieve
[Balotelli has strongly denied recent reports he missed any training sessions with Brescia following the coronavirus pandemic] How can you write that I am not training on the pitch? There are journalists at the centre at all my sessions, obviously with their TV cameras! I attend two training sessions a day, almost every day! How can you deny the evidence? I didn’t think I was a phantom, invisible to the cameras