Most Memorable Moments

Winners, Losers from Final

How Much Is Mario Balotelli Worth in the Current Transfer Market?

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
How Much Is Mario Balotelli Worth in the Current Transfer Market?
Claudio Villa/Getty Images

As the legend of Mario Balotelli continues to grow, so too does his market value.

When the young Balotelli was plucked away from lower league Lumezzane by Inter, there were already whispers about his incredible potential at a young age.

With a reputation that had more to do with his off-field antics than what he actually did on it, it was viewed as a risk when Manchester City decided to spend around €22m on the services of the Italian striker.

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Mario Balotelli's time at Manchester City certainly didn't inflate his stock

Balotelli's tenure in England was polarizing at best. A few goals were negated by a steady stream of appearances in the tabloids for committing the most idiotic and petty of disturbances.

He was essentially turned into a media icon, but not for the reasons you'd hope for.

Whether it was a case of him awkwardly fumbling through the arduous task of donning a practice bib, or having a firework nearly burn down his bathroom, Balotelli seemed to be at the center of the most shocking news stories on an almost weekly basis.

Two seasons later, Milan acquired him for a slightly discounted price of €19m, 3m less than what City had given Inter.

Mario Balotelli Transfers
Teams Price
Lumezzane to Inter €150,000
Inter to Manchester City €22m
Manchester City to Milan €19m

TransferMrkt

Since joining the Rossoneri last January, Balotelli has scored 18 goals in 25 domestic appearances, a world-class rate for Serie A strikers.

Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images
Mario Balotelli has increased his value at Milan

As a matter of fact, Luca Toni is the only person to score more than 30 goals in a Serie A season since 1957, an incredible tally when you consider the amount of times strikers are able to find the back of the net in leagues like the Spanish La Liga.

Despite Balotelli's prolific record in front of goal, he has still been mired in controversy and hasn't been able to keep his continuity due to various suspensions because of idiotic fouls.

As a matter of fact, Super Mario has accrued more yellow cards (seven) than goals this season (six).

Despite the needless fouls, he's still one of the most talented players on the peninsula and can turn the tide of the game with one unexpected moment of sheer brilliance.

TransferMrkt

All of this—as well as his worldwide popularity, which was capitalized on by TIME Magazine when it named him one of the 100 most influential people—has certainly elevated his stock. Mario Balotelli should be worth somewhere around €35m.

That figure is hardly inflated when you start taking a look at what other players are going for around Europe. 

Roma sold Erik Lamela to Tottenham for the equivalent of €30m, which makes you wonder just how much more someone like Mario Balotelli could go for in this market that has been inflated by newly rich sides over the past few seasons.

What's Mario Balotelli's current transfer value?

Submit Vote vote to see results

Now that Milan has turned into a club that has to sell in order to buy, don't be surprised if Balotelli is one potential sale if the right offer comes in next summer.

Even though Adriano Galliani has said that he's untouchable, these are only words. Every player is available for the right price, as we've seen in the past.

In the end, Balotelli's value has undoubtedly risen and should continue to do so, assuming he has a positive 2014 World Cup performance, which could send his stock skyrocketing if the Italian national team does well in the competition.

 

Load More Stories

Team StreamTM

AC Milan

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.