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Balotelli tops Serie A charts, but not the ones he wanted

Mario Balotelli -  San Siro, Milan, Italy

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli wasn't Serie A's top scorer but he headed two lists he wouldn't have intended to.

Mario Balotelli is expected to quit AC Milan this summer and if his new club can correct his aim just a little they will strike gold.

The Italian international scored a respectable 14 goals in the 2013-14 Serie A season, but there was a feeling he could have managed more had he acquitted himself week in, week out.

While Balotelli will head to the World Cup with Italian expectations on his shoulders, he scored fewer goals than compatriots Ciro Immobile (21), Luca Toni (20), Antonio Di Natale (17), Domenico Berardi and Giuseppe Rossi (16) and Alberto Gilardino (15).

But a statistical analysis of the season by La Gazzetta dello Sport proves that things could have been very different for Balotelli.

The former Manchester City man struck the woodwork six times over the course of the season, one ahead of Inter pair Fredy Guarin and Mauro Icardi.

Balotelli also had more shots off target than any other player in Serie A with 54 efforts failing to test the goalkeeper.

His nearest competitors in that discipline were Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Verona's evergreen striker Luca Toni with 47.

Recent reports have tipped Ligue 1 side Monaco and Arsenal to make approaches for Balotelli, who is valued at around £20m.

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