Manchester City's Mario Balotelli won Tuttosports' "Golden Boy" trophy yesterday, but the striker highlighted the arrogance and horrible attitude that have given him a bad name with a comment about the runner up.
He said of Jack Wilshere, who came second in the competition:
"What's his name? Wil...? No, I don't know him, but the next time I play against Arsenal I will keep a close eye on him...perhaps I can show him the Golden Boy trophy and remind him that I won it."
That is, of course, if Balotelli even gets into the team. Any normal human being, any self respecting footballer, would at least pretend to know about Jack Wilshere, and not be so arrogant and disrespectful about a fellow professional. And as he rightly says, he finished sixth two years ago. Wilshere is two years younger than him.
But his arrogance knows no bounds, as he then went on to say of the past winners of the award, which include Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney: "There's only one that is a little stronger than me: Messi. All the others are behind me."
Better than Fabregas, Rooney, and many others, and close to Lionel Messi's level? It is pointless even derailing his point with statistics, or lists of achievements, or YouTube videos, or anything. Any manager in the world, and any football fan worth his salt, could tell you that Balotelli is nowhere near that level. Self-confidence is an amiable quality, but this much is delusional.
Wilshere, who has also gained a negative reputation from his appearance in red-top stories, had this to say on his Twitter:
“Would just like to say how honoured I am to have got 2nd place in the 'golden boy'! And like to thank everyone who voted for me!
"And would like to congratulate Mario Balotelli on winning it, even if he doesn't know who I am! He is a top player!"
Kudos to Wilshere for having the maturity to write that. When Balotelli finally discovers who he is, perhaps he could learn something from him.