Mario Balotelli insists he would someday refuse to play for the Italian national team due to the insults from fans.
Balotelli currently plying his trade in Olympique Marseille was left out of the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers despite finding form at club level in recent weeks.
Carlo Ancelotti recently admitted insults have affected the culture of Italian football and the case of Balotelli may be different owing to his controversies in the game.
The former Man City forward sent a message of encouragement for Juventus striker Moise Kean for scoring on his debut, then turned to his critics on Instagram Stories cited on Sky Italia.
“Have you ever thought that, and it might never happen, but one day you could need me and I’d be ready the same way I have been for the last three years, but hearing some of you insulting, denigrating and underestimating me over the years, I might be tired emotionally and therefore refuse to go?
“I am not a robot, nor an epidemic or even an idiot… many times I don’t reply to avoid problems and unnecessary tension, but I hear and see it all, it accumulates and I get fed up too.
🗣 "I have nothing against monkeys because I'm totally sure that a monkey is smarter than a racist."
– Mario Balotelli. pic.twitter.com/aMGqX8Vu0N
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 26, 2019
“I just ask that you respect me as much as I respect Italy and then we’ll be fine… I don’t expect to be mollycoddled or considered a phenomenon, but I guarantee that you could only get the best out of me with respect because I am doing nothing to warrant this disrespect…
“So I ask you nicely before moving to demand it.”
Italy are in action tonight against Liechtenstein and will be aiming to make it two wins in a row after dispatching Finland 2-0 in their first game.