To quote Mario Balotelli (from Tuttosport via The Guardian): "There's only one that is a little stronger than me—Messi. All the others are behind me."
For Balotelli to live up to his own lofty standards, he'll have to sign for a big club.
Let's assume he returns to Italy.
You can rule out Juventus—that leaves us with his former club, Inter Milan, and his favourite club, AC Milan.
Nerazzurri president Massimo Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport (via ESPN FC): "I really don't think that Balotelli will be coming back to Inter."
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani is always looking out for Bosman players or bargain signings.
With that being said, Balotelli's contract with Manchester City ends in the summer of 2015.
Balotelli will only don Milan's red and black shirt if City are willing to accept a derisive transfer fee.
You shouldn't expect Galliani to make a serious move for Balotelli until 2014. Obviously, this is under the assumption that Mario doesn't inexplicably extend his stay at Eastlands.
It's not all doom and gloom in the red half of Milan, though. The club do have two world-class Italian youngsters in Stephan El Shaarawy and Mattia De Sciglio.
Adding Balotelli seems to be the right decision on paper, but what if M'Baye Niang breaks out and becomes a star in the next two years?
Signing Balotelli wouldn't make sense.