2012 has been a year of mixed news as always for Manchester City's Mario Balotelli.
From the highs of winning the Premier League on the last day of the season to the lows of being publicly criticised by his manager, Balotelli continues to impress and disappoint with alarming regularity.
Latest rumours surround him with a potential move to AC Milan, according to goal.com, but for now he certainly remains one of City's options to try to help retain the league title.
Boss Roberto Mancini says he'll give his striker another chance if he earns it, via the BBC website:
Like the other players, if he deserves another chance I'll give him another chance. But Mario now needs to deserve this.
Mad Mario has it all to do next year then to prove he still has a successful future in front of him, at his current club at least.
Here are five players who have everything to prove in 2013, starting with Balotelli himself.