No article on Italian football is complete without mentioning "Super Mario." Growing up as an AC Milan fan, Balotelli made his debut for Internazionale at the age of 17 and quickly showed everyone why he was such a special talent. Not exactly the most popular player in Turin, it seems like a stretch to say Balotelli would be the ideal pickup for the Bianconeri.
But after yet another falling out with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, the English media are reporting the Mancunians are finally giving up on Balotelli. Super Mario needs a transfer back to his native country of Italy almost as badly as Juventus needs someone who can score goals.
Whatever bad blood there is between Balotelli and the Bianconeri faithful, it will quickly evaporate once the goals start falling. Juventus would give Mario the chance to be at the centre of attention on the pitch, as their main and most talented striker. His chemistry with players like Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci was very clear during the Euro 2012 tournament, and while Balotelli is perhaps the biggest locker room cancer in modern football, Antonio Conte's side has enough of a veteran presence to put the young Italian in his place and help him mature.
With Manchester City looking to unload Super Mario as soon as they can, Juventus should be ready to bring Balotelli back to the Italian Peninsula.