Mario Balotelli has always been an interesting player. If he’s not creating headlines for his performances on the pitch, he’s certainly creating headlines for his antics off of it. During ‘Super Mario’s’ first stint in England with Manchester City, he was no stranger to filling column inches.
How could we forget his ‘Why Always Me?’ moment against rivals Manchester United, in City’s emphatic 6-1 win? Mario is a fantastic player, who has had a tough time. Falling out of favour under Roberto Mancini at Manchester City – and that famous training ground bust up – is just one in a long list of unfortunate situations that have arisen for the 24-year-old.
As an avid social media user, Balotelli has vented his frustrations at his form in the current season. At present, he plays for Liverpool, after joining for £16 million in the summer. Mario has only four goals to his name this season (the same as supposed Manchester United ‘flop’ Falcao) from 24 appearances.
Balotelli missed Liverpool’s clash with Swansea due to illness, and is not likely to feature against Manchester United in the top four crunch game on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers has not exactly sugar coated his feelings towards Balotelli – which won’t have helped Mario’s situation or confidence.
Rodgers has criticised the work ethic of the Italian, which is why he is more likely to feature on the bench for Liverpool, rather than in the starting XI. Questions were raised as to whether ‘Balo’ can adapt to the style of football Liverpool will be playing, and Mario’s future at Anfield has been in question for months.
With the MLS looking to raise their profile – judging by the players they have brought in this season; Kaka and David Villa – it could be the perfect place for Balotelli to continue his career. The likelihood of him securing a move to La Liga is not as great as a move to America, or a move back to Italy.
It could be a chance for Mario to wipe the slate clean; there is no doubt that the antics that hit the headlines for ‘Balo’ during his time as a Manchester City player have followed him to Liverpool. It is no wonder players have such little respect for certain media outlets, but Balotelli could get away from all of that in America.
In a league that is not as highly regarded, Mario could definitely shine. He is a good footballer, just out of form, which he could find again with a new challenge. No doubt Liverpool would be able to break even with Mario Balotelli if they were to sell him on to an American club – or even make a profit. Balotelli’s issues with management has been a problem throughout his career, and evidently it has arisen with Rodgers.
With Mario Balotelli’s days seemingly numbered at Merseyside, a move to America could happen sooner rather than later. With his links to Manchester City, NYCFC could be an option for Balo, or he could join Kaka in Orlando.