Mario Balotelli Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo, Camouflaged Cars and Much More

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IINovember 23, 2012

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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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.

For a man who doesn't always see eye to eye with Balotelli about pretty much anything, those are certainly some nice words coming from Mancini there.


There's another Balotelli out there

Not content with one Balotelli dominating the headlines in world football, it now appears that another Balotelli is out in the footballing world, with Mario's younger brother Enoch reportedly joining Salford City on a free transfer after a failed stint at Stoke City.

Per Goal:

Enoch Balotelli, the younger brother of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, has joined semi-professional outfit Salford City on a free transfer.

The 20-year-old signed for the mid-table Northern Premier League First Division side after failing to impress Stoke City, with whom he was on trial with last season.

Salford confirmed the move on Friday on the club’s official website, with the deal hinging on international clearance.

What the world will do with two Balotellis running around there still remains to be seen. Most likely we will panic, assume the world will explode in some sort of bizarre accident and then return to normality when we realize the youngster is far more sane than his older brother appears to be at times.

I think.


The return of the bib incident

One of the greatest moments in the history of Mario Balotelli has to be the wonderful footage of the Italian international struggling to put his bib on at training.

Balotelli simply couldn't figure out how to work the bibs and how to get his arms and his head through the three holes in front of him—providing great laugher for all who watched the viral video and I'm sure, for many of Manchester City's players as well.

If you haven't watched the video, check it out below.

Now, it seems, there might have been more to the story.

And I rest blame solely on the bibs involved. It was the bib's fault that they did not fit over Mario, I'm sure of it, because they've arisen again in another incident.

Per The Metro:

The 23-year-old Scott Sinclair has found it hard to get into the City team this season and if his co-ordination in trying to get his bib on is anything to go by, then it's probably best he has remained on the sidelines. Sinclair was pictured during a training session trying, and failing to get the coloured vest on.

If the England player was looking to impress boss Roberto Mancini prior to the crunch Champions League game against Real Madrid at the Etihad, he probably failed. He pulled and twisted his bib to no avail but at least for him the incident was not recorded.

No footage? Booooooooooo.

I guess these pictures courtesy of the Metro will have to do then.

Perhaps Manchester City need to get some new bibs, if they're causing too much of a havoc amongst players at training and before games.


Now you see me, now you don't

But like always, we finish with the top Mario Balotelli story of the day which saw the Italian international's $250,000 Bentley get decked out camouflage.

Vandalism, you say?

Nope. Just another strange decision from the City striker.

Check out the photo below via—an image that speaks a thousand words, though none of which quite explain why Balotelli camouflaged his Bentley.

Seriously. C'mon man.


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