Mario Balotelli Watch: AC Milan, The Sun and How to Make Friends at Training

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 20, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 03:  Mario Balotelli of AC Milan smiles during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Udinese Calcio at San Siro Stadium on February 3, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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It's been a big month in the life of Mario Balotelli.

From unwanted Manchester City excess to star AC Milan striker who scores beautiful goals at will, Balotelli has endured some big chances and some new experiences. And as always, he's done it in his own, wonderfully enigmatic style that we all love so much.

What's everyone's favorite Italian been up to this month?

Read on and find out in our latest installment of Mario Balotelli Watch.


Big-money moves, big-money goals

Since our last blast, our Manchester City man is, well, that no more.

Balotelli made a £20 million deal with the Rossoneri for the next four years (per The Telegraph) that will see him back in his home country once again.

It's also key to point out here that Super Mario is now alongside his Italian teammate Stephan El Shaarawy to combine one of the most dynamic striker duos in Serie A. As well as one of the worst hairdo duos in world football as a whole, but that's another story.

Since he made the move to Milan, Balotelli has been a huge success for the Italian powerhouse—netting four goals in three games to lead his new team to wins. Open play, penalties, free kicks—they've all taken place for Balotelli in the past few weeks alone.

Manchester City fans will likely be wondering where that was for the past 18 months, with Milan showing just how good he could be with some confidence under his belt. Will the English champions turn out to regret that deal? Only time will tell.


Still not a fan of The Sun, or English media in general

However, it wouldn't be a Mario Balotelli Watch if it didn't involve some sort of controversy from the great man—something that is never hard to find.

In one of his first press conferences for his new club, Balotelli didn't seem to take too kindly to a question that English media outlet The Sun asked him—refusing to answer their question and then slamming the outlet for their "handling" of him when he was in England.

After all, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.


Praise from the greatest

Whilst he might not have gotten the greatest writeup in The Sun that evening, Balotelli did manage to draw some praise from one of the true greats in world football—AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi—who lauded the club's new young signing as a world-class striker (per Radio Lombardia (h/t Forza Italian Football):

Balotelli has become a phenomenon. He’s a star centre-forward, someone who stops the traffic when he walks around the streets of Milan.

He’s had a fortunate start. Let us hope that he continues in such a way and we hope he continues to comport himself in the right way.

He’s irreproachable in training and in games, but, when he’s provoked outside, then he perhaps sometimes exaggerates.We’re staying very close to him with affection and we’re looking to make sure that he doesn’t exaggerate any more.

Irreproachable in training you say, Berlusconi?

Now what would make you say things like that, we wonder? Perhaps this little image captured of Mario "making friends" with teenager M'Baye Niang at training?

Maybe it's incidents like those  that the club president was referring to.

Either way, they're the things that make Mario Balotelli who he is: the lovable world football striker who always seems to keep the news rolling.

And they're the things that give us our Mario Balotelli Watch.


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