Manchester City’s decision to sell Mario Balotelli certainly turned into a superb decision as his career has unfortunately plummeted since his Etihad exit.
City signed the Italian striker from Inter back in 2010 and he enjoyed a successful, albeit controversial, spell with the club, contributing 30 goals and seven assists in 80 appearances, winning the FA Cup and Premier League once.
Who could forget his assist to Sergio Aguero to beat QPR 3-2 and win the Premier League title, as well as his famous ‘Why Always Me’ celebration in the 6-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford?
The former Italy international is also infamous for the fireworks he set off in his Manchester home, scoring a goal with his shoulder against Norwich City and Roberto Mancini subbing him off in a pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy after he attempted a showboat finish when played through on goal.
Whilst he was an undoubtedly talented player, Balotelli’s attitude was always an issue, which is perhaps emphasised by the fact that he has played for seven clubs since leaving Manchester City in 2013.
City were able to sell him for an initial £19m fee to AC Milan, which looks remarkably good business when you consider that he is now playing for Adana Demirspor in Turkey and is valued at just £1.35m by Transfermarkt.
It is also impressive when you consider that Balotelli had scored just one goal in 14 Premier League appearances in the first half of the 2012/13 campaign,
Although he enjoyed fairly impressive spells at AC Milan and OGC Nice, his career has been in steady decline since his Manchester City exit so the club certainly made the right decision in getting rid of him, and therefore, the ey deserve a lot of credit for selling him for the fee that they did.
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