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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Mario Balotelli of Manchester City looks on during a training session at Carrington Training Ground on November 20, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 24, 2016

As the week draws to a close, the sensibilities and rigor of a working week die with it—meaning that it's time for Mario Balotelli Watch to come out once more.

One of the more ridiculous characters in world football, Balotelli can hardly go a single week without dominating headlines around the world for whatever reason, and so we've decided to couple them together in a single place for your enjoyment.

Lionel Messi Watch? Cristiano Ronaldo Watch?

Please. This is Super Mario we're talking about here. Clearly he's much bigger and much more important than either of those players mentioned above.

At least he'll try and tell you, anyway.


Can Balotelli be as good as Ronaldo?

We kick off our review of the week that was with Roberto Mancini saying some nice words (in a way) about the Italian international's career so far.

Speaking out ahead of their important Champions League match agains Real Madrid—which would end in a draw—Mancini said of his enigmatic striker that he can become to Manchester City what Cristiano Ronaldo is to Real Madrid, and that he has real potential to truly become one of the best strikers in the world.

Per The Telegraph:

Mario, outside the pitch, is a fantastic guy. Sometimes he doesn't understand which is your job, and how his job is important for his life, but I hope for him that he can understand this quickly.

Now he is 22 but life can go quickly and I hope he can improve everything because as a player he could be like Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, if he understands that to be like this you should work hard, your mind should be always on your job, not on the other things that are not important.

He has everything to be one of the best players in the world.

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