Mario Balotelli

By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon


Controversial Italian football star Mario Balotelli in 2012 made a sweeping statement to Liverpool FC stating that when Liverpool is crown the league champions, it will be the end of the world.

He was at the time playing for the blue half of Manchester, and his team went all the way to winning the league over neighbors Manchester United, with Segio Aguero’s last-minute winner, from Balotelli’s layoff.

As nature will have it,he was acquired later in his career by Liverpool FC in 2014, as an out-and-out replacement to the Uruguayan Louis Suarez.

Louis Suarez was on the back of an exquisite campaign with the Anfield faithful but his replacement, Balotelli was underwhelming and he was on the receiving end of some tough critics.

The Italian forward scored just once in 16 appearances for Liverpool but astonishingly was back amongst the goals when acquired by French league 1 side Nice, scoring 33 times out of 61 appearances from 2016-2019.

‘Super’ Mario as he is fondly called, ranted after he scored a couple of goals for Nice during his first season with the club.

“It was the worst mistake of my life,” Balotelli said as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

“Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, I must be honest, and the players, who I had a good rapport with, I didn’t like the club.

“I had two coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.”

“As people they didn’t make a good impression on me. I didn’t get along with them.”

Here we are eight years after Balotelli’s utterances, and Liverpool FC is top of the table as they brace themselves to win the league title after 30 years of abortive attempts but must wait.

25 points clear from closest competitors Manchester city, the red half of Merseyside are in need of just two more wins to clinch it, but will have to wait longer due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Several arguments have come up if Liverpool will eventually be handed the trophy on a potential annulation of the season should it be canceled. One thing is certain; Liverpool fans are certainly hoping the Italian wasn’t inspired by a prophet of doom, when he made the statement eight years back.


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