Mario Balotelli's career has been littered with controversy, and he admits he hasn't put in the maximum effort yet.
Balotelli has so much potential that he is yet to fulfil
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has made the omission that he hasn't performed to the maximum of his abilities in recent years, before sensationally claiming that he will win the Ballon d'Or one day in an interview with Italian publication Corriere della Sera, reported via Sky Sports.
The 25-year-old scored just one goal in 20 appearances for AC Milan in Serie A last term during a loan spell away from Anfield, and he explained how he has only fulfilled half of his potential, telling Corriere della Sera:
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli claims that he will one day win the Ballon d'Or
"In my view there weren't enough expectations put on me, as I can do so much more than what I said. But it takes time. On the scale of 0 to 10, I stopped at five, but I'll get to 10 eventually. I want to get there. I will win the Ballon d'Or."
Balotelli returned to Liverpool today for pre-season training, and with his undoubted ability, he could have the same effect on the squad as that of a new signing.
Balotelli failed to impress in his time at Milan
Although Reds boss Jürgen Klopp will be aware of the problems that have surrounded Balotelli in the past, he would be wise to at least give the former Manchester City and Inter Milan man a chance, because on his day he can be unstoppable.
The worry for Balotelli is that Klopp plays a very similar style to that of Brendan Rodgers - one that requires every player on the pitch to close down the opposition on a regular basis. If he is to ever establish himself on Merseyside he will have to re-double his efforts and maybe then he will finally fulfil his potential.
Will Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp give Balotelli a chance?