He signed for AC Milan in a multi-million pound deal and doesn’t appear to have looked back with 12 goals and three assists from the 13 Serie A games he managed to fit in for the Italian giants this season.
He was sold last January by a Roberto Mancini led Manchester City when it seemed the former City boss had taken as much as he could with the temperamental and sometimes over flamboyant striker.
Well it’s a move which seems to have worked out for Balotelli because he appears to have been proven right in several ways.
To begin with City lost the Premier League title. AC Milan have been no more successful in their bid for a Championship but Balotelli hasn’t exactly missed any success so far since his move.
City have also sacked Mancini who Balotelli always had problems with. He’s now the main man in the attack of a side that has a settled boss in Massimiliano Allegri.
City will of course appoint a new boss over the summer but they have to start again and many neutrals would agree that AC Milan probably have a better chance of domestic and European success than City next season.
Balotelli has also been proven right to leave Manchester City in the form of his current role and his current record at the Italian side.
He’s been proven right because he’s the most effective striker at Milan, producing the form that he was never able to come up with during his time at the Etihad Stadium due to the systems he played in and the way he was used.
The effect he’s had means that the 20 million Euros Milan paid for him from City is a fee which would now be surpassed if another side tried to come in and sign him from AC Milan.
That increase in value suggests he made the right choice because he’s arguably more valuable right now than the player who left City.
One of the only areas where he may have made a different decision is something over which he has no control and that’s the racist abuse he’s received during his time back in Italy.
Balotelli has been the subject of consistent abuse from various sections of Italian fans and while there is a lot of abuse in England, the severely negative elements of that abuse are minute when compared with Serie A.
The true measure of whether Balotelli made the right choice in leaving, can’t be judged until Milan start winning some silverware.
That’s the only thing which may be lingering in the back of his mind, because he won trophies with Manchester City and as so many professionals in the game suggest, that is the true measure of success.
Did Balotelli make the right choice to leave City?
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