From the spats with old manager Roberto Mancini to reported run-ins with local police to racist insults hurled his way by the brother of his new owner, there has been plenty of excitement surrounding Mario Balotelli’s January transfer from Manchester City to AC Milan.
But everyone seems to forget amid the TMZ-style tumult: Hey, Balotelli’s a terrifically talented player!
The Mohawked 22-year-old netted twice in Milan’s 2-1 win last weekend against Udinese.
And on Sunday, Balotelli scored a goal for the ages…that was disallowed.
Just several minutes later in injury time, he came breathtakingly close to getting the winner.
A cross from the right wing was headed back into the six-yard box by Robinho, and Balotelli expertly volleyed it—scissor-kick-style with his left foot—into the back of the net.
Referee Antonio Giannoccaro, however, blew the whistle, as the ball had gone out of bounds before Robinho’s pass.
It was a major disappointment for the Milan (and Balotelli) fans out there, as was the frustrating 1-1 draw. But you can’t argue against the impact the Italian has made in his two Serie A matches.