Mario Balotelli Should Be At The Peak Of His Career – Mancini

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli

Roberto Mancini has expressed his sadness at seeing Mario Balotelli go from being Italian ’s golden boy to the odd man out.

Italy boss Mancini gave Balotelli his debut for Inter when the striker was just 17 years old, in December 2007, and a first Azzurri cap came before his 20th birthday.

Balotelli followed Mancini to Manchester City, where he showed flashes of brilliance but his stay was tainted by off-field controversies and claims about his conduct.

After a string of subsequent moves, which has seen Balotelli also play for Milan, Liverpool, Nice, Marseille and Brescia, he is without a club at the age of 30.

Speaking at a sports industry event on Thursday, Mancini said of Balotelli:

“I am very sorry to see him in this condition. At the age of 30 he should be in full technical maturity and would have been very useful to the national team.

“I love him and I hope something good always happens to him.”

Mancini, appointed to the Italy post in 2018, immediately recalled Balotelli to the national team after several years without a cap, but the striker could not keep his place.

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