Does Mario Balotelli Have Any Integrity?

Don AbrahamContributor IApril 23, 2009

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Toure Yaya (R) of Barcelona duels for the ball with Balotelli of Inter Milan during the Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Nou Camp Stadium on August 29, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the match 5-0.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Should Mario Balotelli reconsider his desire to suit up for the Italian national team?

Balotelli was raised in Italy, his parents are Ghanian, he's the best young talent in football, the best young talent Italy has seen in a while, and the best black Italian player.

Excuse me, according to the 75% of the Juventus fans there is no such thing as a black Italian! Maybe if this was 1000 years ago and he was a Moor their opinion would differ. However, it's 2009, does the overwhelming opinion of the Juventus fans speak for the country of Italy as a whole?

I'm sorry to say, yes it does. Italians have no interest in seeing a dark skinned, well-built black male of African descent line up on the pitch for Italy in 2010, 2014, or 2018.

They're more interested in Federico Macheda—he's a white Italian more of their type. Neither does it seem that Italy has any desire to line Balotelli up on the pitch with their first team, he has not made an appearance yet even though he's only 18, but he's dominating Serie A at the striker position.

If he was a white Italian he'd probably have made the line up for the Italian friendly against Brazil in London, back on 10th of February. 

Mario Balotelli must understand the reality of the world he lives in. The Italian people do not recognize blacks as one of their own. The sooner he understands that, the easier his career will be, because as for right now his feelings are hurt deeply.

I was 18-years-old before and know how sesitive things can be. Balotelli is wasting his time in Serie A and on the Italian national team. Balotelli should transfer to a team in the English Premier League and play against the top talent, where he can showcase his skills to a larger audience—plus he can dance and mouth off and exhibit arrogance without being subject to bigotry.

Also, Balotelli should accept the invitation to play for the Ghanian national team. He will be an instant starter on a team that made it to the 2nd round of the 2006 World Cup and almost made it to the quarterfinals.

He will play in Africa in the 2010 World Cup on a world stage where he can make an international name for himself. Attempting to get Italian people to accept you as Italian is not going to popularize your image in the game of football, having a nation that supports and adores you is what make you into an international football superstar.

That's what made Beckham, Pele, and Maradona, household names. Show some integrity Balotelli and move on!