As Mario Balotelli departs English football for AC Milan in Serie A, we take a look at five of his best ‘crazy’ antics during his time at Manchester City.
Whether you loved him or hated him, you couldn’t argue against the fact that Mario Balotelli has been great value for neutrals during his time in the Premier League. Here are five of the best stories linked to him that we know of.
The fireworks incident will always mark his time in England. The day before the Manchester derby, which City won 6-1, he set off a firework in his bathroom which started a fire and caused the emergency services to come out and give him a lesson in fireworks safety, which he went on to publicly promote.
Anyone for Darts?
In March 2011 Balotelli got himself into trouble when he threw a dart at a Manchester City youth team player from a window somewhere in the training complex. When he was asked why he did it, he implied he was simply bored and thought it would be funny.
One of the more noble stories about Balotelli happened in May 2011 when he took on some bullies at a local school. He spotted a boy hanging around near the Manchester City training ground, asked why he wasn’t in school and the boy explained he was being bullied.
Balotelli drove the boy back to his school, demanded to see the head teacher and demanded to see the bullies to give them a talking to. Good on you Mario.
It would seem Balotelli’s generosity knows no limits. In April 2011 the Italian thought he’d go and play in a casino where he’s reported to have won around £25,000 in cash. On his way home from the casino he shelled out a grand of that money to a homeless man.
It’s also reported on one occasion that Balotelli pulled into a petrol fuel court, told everyone to fill their cars up and paid the entire bill.
Just after he had signed for Manchester City, Balotelli crashed his Audi on his way to the Manchester City training complex. The police asked why he was carrying £5,000 in cash at the time and he said it was because he had more money than they did.
We’ll miss you Mario, do you have any more good stories about him?