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Why always me? Well, here’s 15 reasons why, Mario
Man City’s controversial striker has been in the headlines of late – not for the first time.
Balotelli 1He racked up ,000 in parking tickets, and had his Maserati impounded 27 times (2010): Balotelli didn't pay attention to the parking rules when he moved to Manchester. As a result, he accumulated five-figures worth of parking fines and had his white Maserati locked up dozens of times. Source: Daily Mail
Balotelli 2He was caught trespassing at a women's prison in Italy (Oct. 2010): He and his brother felt like checking out a women's prison, so they drove right in. It turns out you can't do that, and police stopped them at the gates. After, Mario told Italian TV, "I told my brother: 'Do you want to see a prison? Then I went in." Source: Yahoo!
Balotelli 3He got in a fist-fight with a teammate in practice (December 2010): What do you do when you don't like a tackle your teammate makes in practice? Fight him. Balotelli got in a bust-up with defender Jerome Boateng last winter. Source: Yahoo!
Balotelli 4He "pranked" youth players by throwing darts at them (March 2011): Mario was caught throwing darts in the direction of youth team players after practice one day. Afterward, he said he did it because he was "bored." He was fined 0,000 for the incident. Source: Yahoo!
Balotelli 5He once got pulled over with ,000 sitting in the front seat (April 2011): The officer asked him why he had so much loose cash sitting on the seat. "Because I can," he told him. That's about all you need to know. Source: Daily Mail
Balotelli 6He once gave 263422,000 to a homeless guy after winning ,000 at a casino (April 2011): He was feeling good after winning five-figures at a Manchester-area casino. So he generously gave 263422,000 to a homeless guy he saw when he left. Source: The Sun
Balotelli 7He had to come out of a game in Kiev because of a spontaneous grass allergy (March 2011): Balotelli is apparently allergic to some kinds of grass, which is problematic if you're a soccer player. Said his coach after the game, "I came out a minute before the players and I didn't see Mario. He then said he could play but his face was swollen." Mario was substituted ten minutes into the second half. Source: Yahoo!
Balotelli-8He got Man City eliminated from the Europa League by getting a red card for a karate kick (March 2011): Favoured Man City were eliminated from the Europa League by Kiev last season. In the second leg of the clash, Balotelli carelessly flew in to a tackle like a ninja and spiked a Kiev player in the midsection. City lost 2-1 on aggregate.
Balotelli 9A little boy on the street told Mario he was being picked on, so Balotelli went to his school and confronted the bully (May 2011): A youngster asked Balotelli for his autograph after practice one day. When Mario asked him why he wasn't in school, the kid said he was being picked on. So he drove the boy and his mother to school and gave the bully a talking to. He also met to the headmaster to discuss the issue. Source: Metro UK
Balotelli 10He couldn't figure out how to put on a warm-up bib during a game (May 2011): Balotelli became a YouTube hit in the States when he tried and failed for over a minute to put on a bib before warming up in a Europa League game. Eventually, a Man City employee gave him some help, and he was able to get the thing on.
Balotelli 11He was substituted for showboating and missing an open goal in L.A. (July 2011): Mario had an open goal in a pre-season game against the L.A. Galaxy. But instead of kicking it in, he tried to do a twirling backheel and missed. Mancini was enraged, and pulled him out of the game on the spot.
Balotelli 12Someone put a bag of rotting fish in his 0,000 car (August 2011) He came home from the club’s U.S. tour and found a bag of two-week old herring rotting in his 0,000 Maserati. He's known for pranking his teammates, and it appears someone got him back in a gross way
Balotelli 13He burned down his bathroom after shooting fireworks from his window (Oct. 2011): Mario and four of his buddies were setting off fireworks last Friday night when one hit a bath towel and caught fire. The fire department came at around 1 a.m., and Balotelli had to stay in a hotel on the night before a huge game against Manchester United. Afterward, he insanely became a fireworks safety spokesman for the City of Manchester. Source: The Guardian
Balotelli 14He revealed a confusing shirt after scoring against Man U on Sunday (Oct. 2011): After scoring the opening goal against Manchester United, Mario pulled up his jersey to reveal a shirt that said, "WHY ALWAYS ME?" It's unclear what that refers to, or why Balotelli chose to wear it. But it pretty comprehensively captures the essence of one of the world's craziest (and most gifted) athletes.
Balotelli 15He racked up 0,000 in team fines last season (2010-11): Add together the penalties for throwing darts, showing up late, getting in fights, and drawing red cards, and you get a pretty penny. Luckily Balotelli makes 0,000 a week, so he's still doing okay. Source: The Sun
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