Liverpool loanee Mario Balotelli, currently back at AC Milan, posts picture of latest eccentric footwear offering

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The Italian has posted some shots of his latest eye-catching boots on Instagram, yet has so far failed to hit the high notes at AC Milan

Mario Balotelli is back in the news again but, as was often the case during his time at Liverpool, it’s not for anything he has done on the pitch.

In fact, the 25-year-old is currently sidelined with a groin problem, having so far made just three appearances for AC Milan since moving to the Rossoneri on loan at the end of the summer.

With so little game time under his belt and the European Championship in France looming large, you would think Balotelli would be focused on knuckling down and forcing his way back into Antonio Conte’s plans for the national team.

But, instead, the Italian seems more concerned with showcasing his all-too-familiar extrovert nature via the medium of social media.

What other explanation can there be behind Balotelli’s latest Instagram post, which sees the Liverpool outcast posing alongside a series of outrageously extravagant football boots.

Now, modern football fans are not averse to the odd pair of specially coloured boots here or there.

However, they are usually reserved for those players boasting either a special set of skills with the ball at their feet or any enjoying a rich vein of form.

Balotelli, unfortunately, fits neither category at present, with these comic book-inspired efforts distracting him from his actual job: getting fit and playing football.

The endorsements may tempt, but the striker surely has enough money in the bank that he need not indulge in such excesses.

The latest chapter in the on-going media circus that surrounds the Italian, it’s incidents like this and the 25-year-old’s general lack of goals that saw Liverpool cut their losses.

It’s high time Balotelli starting trying to prove the Reds wrong or he faces a career in the doldrums of the beautiful game.

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