bill-swift - May 17, 2012
Manchester City's Championship winning campaign has been an action packed adventure of goals, red cards and ill discipline. And no one sums up this roller-coaster ride of a season more than Mario Balotelli.
The Italian forward' has taken part in a number of questionable activities both on and off the pitch since his arrival from Inter Milan in the August of 2010, and this has seen him become a cult figure for many Premier League fans.
But what has Mario actually done to create his unpredictable reputation? Well here's a list of his greatest misdemeanours and triumphs from his time in Manchester.
August 2010 - Balotelli crashes his car just days after joining Manchester City. When a police officer asks him why he is carrying £5000 on him at the time he responds, "Because I am rich." Subtle.
October 2010 - Mario reportedly drives into a women's prison in Italy just to see what it looks like.
November 2010 - Throws a dart at a Manchester City youth team player during a training ground prank.
February 2011 - Balotelli drives to and confronts a bully in a school after a young Manchester City fan tells him he avoided school because of the abuse he was receiving.
February 2011 - Gives a homeless man £1000.
March 2011 - It takes Mario 21/2 minutes to put on a training bib before a crucial match against against Dinamo Kiev in the Europa League. A game he is ultimately sent off in.
July 2011- Substituted against LA Galaxy in a friendly after only 22 minutes due to an attempted back heel shot from the penalty spot.
September 2011 - Plays with his iPad whilst sat on the bench for Italy during their game with the Faroe Islands.
October 2011 - Sets off a firework in his home only hours before a crucial match against Manchester United that leads to the fire brigade coming to his home. Balotelli scores two goals in the encounter.
December 2011 - Breaks curfew to go to a curry house and is involved in a mock sword-fight using rolling pins.
December 2011 - On a visit to Chorlton-Cum-Hardy in Manchester he donates £200 to a local church, buys a £1000 round in a pub and purchases petrol for everybody at a petrol station.
March 2012 - Appears at the unveiling of Andrea Stramaccioni's first press conference as Inter Milan coach despite living over a thousand miles away and in a different country.
Mario has since insisted that several of these rumours aren't true. But I've decided to believe that he is mistaken and that everything I read about him is fact. For the good of the game.
And if you want to see who Mario spends some of his private time with, check out our latest topless pics of Holly Henderson.
Article by Gregory Wakeman
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