Mario Balotelli, the Italian bad boy takes over Marseille

BOLOGNA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: Mario Balotelli of Italy looks on prior to the UEFA Nations League A group three match between Italy and Poland at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on September 7, 2018 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

We go through the personality and talent of Mario Balotelli, the Italian striker who is starting to take over Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 this season.

It took him a good six matches to get back to his best form, Mario Balotelli is one of those overly talented players who has always been considered a misfit and he seems to finally have found his ideal place at Olympique Marseille.

The Italian striker is one of the most talented strikers in recent football history, his problem has always been the discipline that has played tricks on him and has never allowed him to express the full extent of his abilities.

It’s a bit odd because when we hear the name Mario Balotelli, we often think of a veteran player who could easily be over 30 years old but the man is still 28 years old and he is well on his prime.

This means that there is still a chance for Mario to be saved, but we can’t really hold out breath on him responding accordingly to any type of challenge due to his rebel nature.

Balotelli even has the ideal agent in Mino Raiola, a man who has always worried way more about earning millions of euros rather than getting his players a proper career but he always regards the best players he has as his family.

Raiola does have a pattern when it comes to his players, extremely talented but always flamboyant like Paul Pogba or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But there is no question that Mario Balotelli is by far the most eccentric of all the players he represents, a man whom Jose Mourinho warned to not get booked for the second time when he still played for Inter and got sent off just minutes after getting that specific instruction.

A player who was always regarded as a trouble maker at Manchester City, who produced several unique goal celebrations and yet he was capable of giving Sergio Aguero that historic assist on Manchester City’s first-ever Premier League title.

Mario Balotelli is many things, but he will never be ignored by anybody for as long as he keeps playing football.

The man had a chance to rescue his career at Nice, his performances earned him a spot at Olympique Marseille and he has been able to produce four goals in six matches since his arrival in January.

But his best goal at OM by far, has to be the latest from last Sunday against Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1.

The man connected a corner-kick with an incredible overhead kick, it was a spectacular goal that was celebrated accordingly by Mario right after putting the ball in the back of the net.

The Italian was prepared for another of his unique goal celebrations, he conspired with a cameraman who was waiting for him behind the goal with his own cell phone ready.

Mario Balotelli took his mobile device and decided to make a live Instagram video right on the spot, in the celebration he included all his teammates and left the people at the Velodrome stunned for this new creative moment.

When Mario Balotelli gets to a high level of performance, the player gets in a fun demeanor that everybody enjoys because he doesn’t really care about what people think about him.

Mario might be one of the players whose talent is wasted the most, but we have to give him this fun way to celebrate his goals.

The real question here is if Balotelli will be able to get Olympique Marseille all the way to the Champions League by next season, they are only five points behind the top three where Olympique Lyonnais are at the moment with 49 points.

The Italian striker won’t be able to do this on his own, he will need the help from all his teammates and to keep scoring as many goals as he can.

What do you think about Mario Balotelli’s level of performance at Olympique Marseille? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.


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