Mario Balotelli: Not Worth it for Man City to Keep Him

Nate KahnContributor IIIApril 15, 2012

Balotelli's Career at City May Have Been Shown a Red Card
Balotelli's Career at City May Have Been Shown a Red CardMichael Regan/Getty Images

In every sport, there are players like Mario Balotelli.

There are players who have so much talent, but so many attitude problems that the team is not sure if they want to keep the player. Balotelli is such a player.

There is no denying his talent when he is focused: He has scored 19 goals in all competitions and has helped Manchester City rise towards the top of the table. However, his talent is not worth his volatile behavior. The final straw came last Sunday at Arsenal, when he received his fourth red card in just two seasons.

Balotelli was able to avoid any further suspension for his challenge on Alex Song due to a bizarre loophole. However, City is better without him and should not play him the rest of the season.

In the match against Arsenal, Balotelli acted like a disgrace; he showed no interest and the match and his only contribution was to make several poor challenges. The City players were furious and it has been rumored that several asked Mancini to not play him the rest of the season.

This was not the first time that Balotelli has had issues this season: In several games, Balotelli has shown little-to-no interest in playing hard. In addition to that, this is not the first club that he has had issues at.

Balotelli and Jose Mourinho clashed throughout their time at Inter. Balotelli infamously wore an AC Milan jersey while he was at Inter, which infuriated his teammates and coaches.

Another notorious incident saw Balotelli and Marco Materazzi get into a fight after Balotelli had thrown his jersey to the ground during the Champions League semifinal. This is just a sample of Balotelli’s antics there.

In Manchester City’s last two matches. they crushed West Brom and Norwich to get back into the title race. They have an extremely talented side and—especially now, since things seem to good between Roberto Mancini and Carlos Tevez—they don’t need Balotelli.

He is far too much of a distraction to the side. In addition to that, it may be better for Balotelli to take some time away from the game and figure out if playing the game is really what he wants to do with his life.