The "will they, won't they" nonsense seemed to drag on and on. Manchester City insisted they wouldn't sell. Milan president Silvio Berlusconi called Balotelli a "bad apple." And yet, the move always seemed inevitable.
There were reports that Juventus would try to scupper the deal and whisk the immensely talented and sometimes troubled forward away to Turin, but in the end his heart won out, and Balo chose the black and red of the club he'd followed as a boy.
AC Milan now has one of the most fearsome—and youthful—strike forces in Europe. 18 months ago their dressing room resembled a retirement home, but since then Massimiliano Allegri and Adriano Galliani have set about rejuvenating the Rossoneri's flagging fortunes by placing their trust in young, exciting talent.
But now that they have all this youthful promise, just what is their best XI with Super Mario?