Mario Balotelli's Career so Far in 20 Pictures

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Mario Balotelli's Career so Far in 20 Pictures
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Mercurial, polarizing, provocative. Everyone who has followed Mario Balotelli throughout his tumultuous career has an opinion about him.

After all, the Italian striker has made more headlines because of his actions off the pitch than what he has actually done on it.

Only recently, the larger-than-life sports figure known as Super Mario made the TIME Magazine Top 100 list of most influential people worldwide. For all of his petulant faults, the fact that Balotelli has also become an outspoken opponent of racism in the game is noteworthy and shouldn't be forgotten when one takes a look at a summary of his career.

Without further ado, here are 20 pictures of Mario Balotelli through the years that portray his roller-coaster career.

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