Former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli is a highly controversial figure both on and off the pitch.
During his time at Manchester City, the Italian youngster reportedly threw darts at the youth team players, set fire to his own house using fireworks and gave a homeless person a hefty sum following a night out in a casino.
Balotelli went on to deny setting fire to his own house - but for a man who couldn’t even put on a bib, would you put it past him?
The Italian has since left Manchester City to join boyhood heroes AC Milan – despite the former European champions being a shadow of the Carlo Ancelotti side which dominated Europe, with the likes of Kaka and Shevchenko causing havoc.
The 23-year-old’s Milan career has had its controversial moments – including outrageous hairstyles, reported racism directed at the striker and being the subject of a personal ‘Mario Balotelli stories’ website.
The Italian international now appears to be at crossroads as the Rossoneri currently sit closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places – not good enough for a player of Balotelli’s calibre.
Despite coming under a lot of criticism from journalists and fans alike, following an interview with Sky Italia, Cristiano Ronaldo has defended the Milan striker and believes people should only judge him on his on-field actions, adding:
“I don’t know Mario personally but what he does outside of the pitch I don’t really care about,”
“For me, he’s always seemed like a good player. He’s managed to make his mark at Milan and with the Italian national team.”
“I’d say, judge him on what he does on the pitch – what happens in private is not really anyone’s business.”
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