Neither of these two big name strikers have a tendency to ‘not’ speak their minds. Mario Balotelli is, well, Mario Balotelli and when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was quizzed over his potential homosexuality with Gerard Pique he responded in his typically sharp manner…
He also has a propensity for walking around round-housing his team-mates, a fate that has befallen Christian Wilhelmsson, Rodney Strasser and Antonio Cassano.
His feelings toward former club Barcelona are among his most spiteful. It is fair to say he never got on with Pep Guardiola at the club and that feeling appears to have carried on with his comments recently about Lionel Messi and others at the club.
Now however he thinks Barcelona should sign Mario Balotelli.
But this is not an olive branch…
When asked whether he felt Mario Balotelli could sign for Real Madrid, obviously by a reporter not up to date with the fractious relationship between the enigmatic Italian and Jose Mourinho, he responded coldly that he couldn’t see it coming. That a move to Barcelona was a better fit. A ‘mediocre’ player for a ‘mediocre’ club.
While some would protest that calling Balotelli mediocre is an outrage to call Barca that is much more baffling.
Sour grapes, perhaps, but at the moment he can do whatever he wants in France where he is eating up the goals in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 10 goals in eight appearances.
It seems Mancini is finally running out of patience with Mario, but he will be hard pushed to find a buyer. Real seems a no-go, Inter could take him back, Juve have enough problems as it is while AC probably can’t afford him.
Barca wouldn’t touch him with a barge-pole but Paris; they have the finances and an Italian manager along with several international team-mates.
Seems however if it did happen Mario may get some of the roundhouse treatment from his Swedish counter-part…
At least he can ask Italian strike-partner Antonio Cassano what it is like.
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