How awesome is Mario Balotelli?

The man walks into the middle of a press conference introducing the new manager. At his former club, in the middle of a title race at his current club. Then he continues to produce bad press, admits to a fling of a salacious nature, is generally a prat in Manchester City’s 3-3 draw with Sunderland.

So what happens? Roberto Mancini defends him saying:

“There are other people on and off the pitch that do worse than Mario and no one says anything because maybe they play for an important team or are not like Mario.”

But, come on, Robbie! There is simply no other player for whom someone on the streetcar in Toronto would interrupt a stranger’s conversation about football to defend him with reference to his “Why Always Me?” shirt (this happened).

Not only that, but Inter Milan refused to rule out a summer move for their former player. Which could be out of politeness (and the Daily Mail is the only paper to make hay, predictably), but also out of a genuine desire to pay for the services of a player who feels confident enough to crash the presser for a man he didn’t even know.

I’m beginning to think Ethan Dean-Richards was truly onto something here

UPDATE: Five minutes after posting this, Balotelli got in a car crash. He’s unhurt…

Comments (5)

  1. He’s the man.
    He’s got the goods to back his antics up and he just doesn’t give a flying fuck about what anyone has to say.
    Shades of Ibra.

  2. Last week you guys were tearing into him for interrupting the press conference and now it’s praise, some double standards on him I’ve noticed.

  3. no one said hes a bad player hes just good from the neck down and thats what separates the good from the great

  4. ^ meh … not necessarily. Elite professional athletes don’t always come off as rational or frankly very nice people. Yes, Messi is the polar opposite (as far as we know), but it seems the great are just as likely to be crazy as they are to be sane.

    The issue with the nut-cases is: they need a coach to keep their madness in check while someone like Messi would easily be able to self-regulate. At the end of the day though, they can both achieve amazing things… it’s just that the crazy have to keep the train from falling off the tracks

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