19
Feb

Mario Balotelli challenged by Real Madrid boss to act more professional

image

There’s no doubting Mario Balotelli’s natural ability on the football field, but Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has publicly challenged the AC Milan striker to be more professional, or risk wasting his talent.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Ancelotti said Balotelli should take Cristiano Ronaldo as an example and act more seriously on and off the pitch if he wants to reach the next level.

Judging from this Milan training video from a week ago, that seems like a good idea:

Super Mario, hard at work.

H/T Daily Mail

14
Feb

Mario Balotelli scores stunning golazo, acts unimpressed

Mario Balotelli scored a ridiculous winner late in Milan’s match against Bologna on Friday. In fact, it may have been the greatest goal Super Mario ever scored. But as we’ve become used to seeing, Balotelli was too cool to celebrate, preferring to simply put his hands on his hips and stare at the ground like nothing happened.

We don’t hate it — actually, it’s rather swagtastic — but it’s just not the reaction you would expect after such an amazing strike.

Thankfully, if you’re looking for more passion, there’s always legendary Milan play-by-play man Tiziano Crudeli. He didn’t disappoint Friday:

GRANDISSIMO Balotelli!

9
Feb

Mario Balotelli cries in rare moment of humility

Mario Balotelli was caught wiping away the tears and burying his head in his jacket after being subbed off during AC Milan’s loss to Napoli on Saturday. A few highlights lowlights of his performance in the video above help explain why he was so upset.

After the match, Milan coach Clarence Seedorf was asked about Balotelli’s tears, which according to Football Italia were not caused by racist chants.

“What can I say about Balotelli’s tears? They were the tears of a sportsman,” Seedorf said. “Mario is human. These are things that happen many times in football and sport in general. I’d say it was actually beautiful, but I’d prefer to talk about the game.”

Football is such a passionate sport. Whether it’s unbridled joy or rampant anguish, most players and coaches wear their hearts on their sleeves. Fans love to see this raw emotion; it makes us believe that they care just as much as we do.

It’s touching to know that even a guy who loves to flex his bare-chested muscles sheds a tear once in a while.

image

31
Jan

Mario Balotelli takes shot at Three Lions

image

This summer, Mario Balotelli will square off against many familiar faces as his Italy side takes on England in the World Cup, and he clearly isn’t worried about it. Talking with reporters, the former Premier League striker said that aside from Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart, no England player would be good enough to make the Italy squad.

From the Daily Mail:

"Wayne Rooney I am sure would get in any squad that will be in Brazil - he is one of those few special players. Manchester United had many good players - but when I was at City (manager) Roberto Mancini and the coaches would always teach us pay attention to Rooney - and make it clear he is the one that can hurt us.

'I know that Joe (Hart) is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world - there is no argument about that. He had some games that he would not have been pleased with earlier this season but the best players in the world hit some bad form.

Both Rooney and Joe are of the highest quality but once you look past those two I don’t see an obvious player from England that would make the Italy team or even squad.”

We’re not here to argue whether he’s right, but one thing is for sure: when these two face off this summer, it’s going to get heated.

18
Jan

Balotelli, Reus, Fabregas and Henry star in new Puma commercial

To promote their highly anticipated evoPOWER boots, Puma produced this commercial which basically just involves Cesc Fabregas and Marco Reus destroying a bunch of stuff.

Cesc and Reus are both surrounded by teams of scientists as they test out their new cleats, which apparently provide them with enough power to shoot balls to the moon or through brick walls and stadium scoreboards (not to mention those silly targets). Meanwhile, Thierry Henry observes all the footage from an “undisclosed location,” seemingly impressed.

He then concludes that the powerful boot is ready for the game, and that it should be put to “the final test.” At this time, Mario Balotelli emerges as the final tester, but sadly — or mercifully — the ad comes to an end.

It should only be a matter of time, though, until we get to see what happens next (Prediction: Super Mario destroys a bunch of stuff).

22
Dec

Balotelli boot mystery solved: They’re Pumas!

Last weekend, Mario Balotelli got himself in the newspaper headlines by wearing … newspaper headlines on his feet. A week later, Balotelli revealed what was behind the publicity stunt.

Balotelli tweeted out a picture of him holding the unique, soon-to-be-released Puma evoPOWER boot with the addition of a much bigger headline. It read: “Why always Puma?,” a tweak to Balotelli’s infamous quote, “Why always me?” Clever, clever Puma.

Balotelli then wore his new cleats in the Milan derby, though they didn’t help him make much of a difference. Inter won, 1-0.

Photo: Getty

16
Dec

Mario Balotelli wears boots covered in newspaper headlines about himself

image

Mario Balotelli didn’t wear his new, blue contact lenses during Monday’s Serie A tilt against Roma, but he got our attention regardless. In an unprecedented move, Super Mario unveiled a new pair of boots covered entirely in newspaper clippings … about himself.

That’s right. For a man who usually dominates the headlines, Balotelli now looks to dominate in them.

Though his current boot supplier is Nike, we’re not sure who is responsible for Balotelli’s latest fashion statement. There’s clearly no Swoosh on them, and the Milan star’s deal with Nike is running out. According to SoccerCleats101, Puma might be the ones behind the new boots.

Or, could it be that Balotelli is simply engaging in some clever self-promotion, letting manufacturers know that his feet are once again “for sale,” kind of like an empty billboard?

We wouldn’t put it past him!

imagePictures via Futbol Fichajes and JuventusFC_News

14
Dec

Mario Balotelli gets blue contact lenses, Micah Richards laughs at him

We haven’t heard from Mario Balotelli in a while, which is worrisome. Thankfully, he took to Twitter on Friday with a suprise for us all. Sporting blue contact lenses, Balotelli asked his followers what they thought of his new look.

Micah Richards, his former teammate at Man City, was the very first person to respond:

Unperturbed by his friend’s cold reaction, Mario just had this to say:

You smell that, Micah? Smells like a deep burn!

What do you guys think? Is Balotelli going to charm his opponents to death with those bright blue eyes, or will they just ROTFL?