Petulant but blessed with no small amount of skill and technique, the Italian is far from the finished article, but it seems that nobody has been able to harness his potential.
Balotelli hasn't exactly set domestic leagues alight with goals and outrageous manoeuvres, but he has brought something to the table that the likes of Messi, Ronaldo or Rooney can't match. Utter ridiculousness.
He is only 20 years old yet has grabbed enough headlines for his off-pitch antics to put Ashley Cole to shame. But this isn't a young footballer drunk on power who philanders and sends text messages of his genitalia to unsuspecting females.
Balotelli may be the quintessential man-child, but there are two sides to his ridiculousness which yield both immaturity and a strange vein of heart-felt passion.
Manchester City fans are yet to see the best of this young man on the pitch but they've already had a glimpse of a player that makes the beautiful game that much more interesting.
I give you 10 reasons why Mario Balotelli is without a doubt the most entertaining man in soccer. Your comments are appreciated!