From the moment Balotelli made his debut for Inter Milan as a young striker, his career has been littered with controversy, falling outs with his managers including Jose Mourinho, and off the field issues including when setting a firework off in his own bathroom.
On the pitch the Italian international forward is something of an enigma, brilliant in one game and virtually invisible the next. It was Mancini’s frustration with 22-year-old Balotelli in training that caused Thursday’s incident between the pair, the City manager admitted.
But for all of Balotelli’s failings on the pitch at times, there have been moments of brilliance and some key contributions, too. Here we take a look at six of Balotelli’s best performances on a football field.