Mario Balotelli: A Manchester United Fan On Why He'll Miss Manchester City's Enigma...
With Mario Balotelli running away to join AC Milan, one question has risen above all others that I don’t think has been answered adequately: will he ever be worth the hassle that he creates?
This question has been asked and answered many times. When the answer is yes, people cite the huge amounts of potential he possesses and point to the goal against Germany in the Euros; and when people say no they point to the fact that he has never been consistent through a few games, never mind a season, and that his over confident, eccentric and sometimes completely dumb attitude corrupts any talent he might possess.
Both of these arguments were both perfectly summed up in one moment: the now pointlessly imitated and infamous 'Why Always Me?' goal. Balotelli's contribution in that Manchester derby was crucial, but it was that kind of overconfidence, the ‘I know I’m the best’ attitude, that led to him being sold by Manchester City.
To a lot of the media, he has been seen as an enigma, predictively unpredictable, an eccentric personality that should be both admired and frowned upon. To me, I see him as an overpaid, spoilt little kid, that thinks he is up there with Messi and Ronaldo, when in reality he was the fourth choice striker at a club that tends to recycle players, putting them in the first team before letting them slip into obscurity. Just look at Adam Johnson and Steven Ireland: both great players who have now moved on to lesser things because they were replaced. But Balotelli wasn’t even replaced. He was in front of Edin Dzeko and even Carlos Tevez for a brief amount of time, but he just failed to keep up in the race for first team action.
I think now that he has left, he will be better for it. He has gone to the Italian league, which is the 4th best in the world, so he will have a much easier time. He will also be in Milan where his career really kicked off, although he was at Inter before, not AC. But the main reason he will do well is because the fans there adore him. As I watched him walk through the crowds waiting to have a glimpse of their new signing, I knew that he would be better off.
Just so you know, I am a proud fan of Manchester United, so whilst I am sort of happy that he’s gone, I wish he stayed, mainly to screw up Manchester City’s title chances, but also because he never failed to entertain. He was a great player to watch, both at the best and worst of times, whether it was because of a piece of sublime skill or a moment of pure madness.
Overall, I think that he was worth the hassle for pure entertainment value, and he has very high potential that other players would kill for, but his attitude has corrupted him. Hopefully he does well at Milan, and his talent can be rubbed in the noses of people who said he was completely devoid of it.