Why always him?
The uncontrollable talent Mario Balotelli is a fabulous player in the world of football. His drama queen and bad boy reputations may be overly reported on, but there is no doubt that he has the skills and goals to prove he is one of the best players in Europe.
The 21-year-old Italian was one of the forwards for Italy's 3-5-2 formation on Sunday against Spain and had the opportunity to shine for his national team.
However, the striker was consistently blocked from scoring by Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique who had man-marked him all over the pitch. Balotelli saw Iker Casillas block two fantastic chances in the game. Despite being subject to racism from a group of Spanish supporters, the player did not complain and carried on playing.
"There’s nothing to discuss about Mario in terms of football, because he’s a pure talent—one of the few players who can make you win matches,” Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon said Saturday (via. The Globe and Mail).
Although Balotelli tries his hardest to perform for the national team, he has yet to truly prove himself. He has often let his emotions overshadow his clear judgment and if the racism continues next match then Italy may see Balotelli disrupt their game in order to respond to the abuse.
If Balotelli disrupts the next match to walk off the pitch or is shown the red card then Italy will be down to ten men. Such situations are always plausible with Mario Balotelli on the pitch.
“I need to be sure that I have always 11 players on the pitch,” Machester City manager Roberto Mancini said after Balotelli’s red card against Arsenal (via. The Globe and Mail). “With Mario, it’s always a big risk. Every time we risk one (man) being sent off, even if he can also score in the last minute.”
Despite the negativities surrounding the talented player, lets hope the Italian No. 9 does not waste his talent at the Euros.