Already he had a clash with his Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini at the training ground a few days into the New Year, The Villager compiles some of the crazy things Balotelli gets up to and wonders what else he may do this year.
He racked up $10,000 in parking tickets, and had his Maseratti impounded 27 times (2010)
£300,000 fine for throwing darts at the youth team players and argued that he was too bored seeing them fail to kick the ball
Won £25,000 in a casino, gave £1,000 to a tramp outside the casino.
Threw tomatoes at a Serie A manager.
Threw Water Balloons at a Serie A disciplinary hearing.
Started a fight with 4 bouncers after breaking the “no touching” rule at a strip club.
The “bib” saga.
Had a £120,000 Audi imported, wrote it off within a week.
Had his friend approach girls in a nightclub and say “Balotelli will see you now”
Sent to the shops by his mother to buy essentials for the house, came back with a giant trampoline and a Vespa and a Scalectrix.
Has started fights at training with Kompany, Boateng, Tevez and Richards.
Was frequently seen at the AC Milan superstore while playing for Inter Milan.
Went on TV wearing an AC Milan shirt with his name on the back while playing for Inter.
Whilst playing for Italy under 21’s, he is fouled, he sits on the pitch for 3-4 minutes ignoring the opposition, his team mates and the referee.
He is then offended when he gets sent off and protests about it.
Winks at Ferdinand after FA cup semi final and celebrates in front of the United fans.
After the cup final on live TV, he says “ I have been sh*t this season, am I allowed say sh*t on TV?
Was stopped by police going around his hometown of Hulme with £ 25,000 cash in the passenger seat. When asked why he replied “ because I’m rich”
Had to be physically hauled away by Zanetti for refusing to let Samuel Eto’o take a penalty that he had earned.
Once broke up with a girlfriend via text whilst she was presenting a live show.
Slept with an Italian model while his girlfriend was downstairs.
Drove his car into a women’s prison because he wanted to “look around”
Has connections with the Italian mafia, he has testified in court at a Mafia trial.
Brought his I-pad on to the bench for Italy’s international against the Faroe Islands because he wanted to play games on it.
Was seen in a Manchester shopping centre “hi-fiving” city fans the day after City had beaten United 6-1.
Became the face of a firework safety campaign a few days after setting his house on fire from letting off fireworks indoors.
Hands £50 notes to strangers when out shopping in Manchester.
Chanted “Rooney, Rooney” at the prostitute who claimed to have slept with Wayne Rooney.
Italy had just brought out a brand new home kit, at the start of the second half for their first match wearing the new kit, Balotelli came out in the old kit, claiming he didn’t like the new one. Nobody else had changed.
Turned the landscaped back garden of his house into a Quad bike track.
Went in to Manchester United library and tried to pay off all outstanding book fines for everyone.
Adopted a stray cat which keeps going in to their training sessions.
He racked up $300,000 in team fines two seasons ago (2010-11)
He had to come out of a game in Kiev because of a spontaneous grass allergy (March 2011)
He got Man City eliminated from the Europa League by getting a red card for a karate kick (March 2011)
He once got pulled over with US $25,000 (N$ 200 000) sitting in the front seat (April 2011)
He once gave US$1,000 to a homeless guy after winning US$25,000 at a casino (April 2011)
A little boy on the street told Mario he was being picked on, so Balotelli went to his school and confronted the bully (May 2011)
On the eve of the Manchester Derby, he burned down his bathroom after shooting fireworks from his window (October 2011)
He revealed a ‘WHY ALWAYS ME?’ shirt after scoring against Man U, the next day (October 2011)
He stopped at a local high school in the middle of the day, used the bathroom and left (January 2012)
He was fined $400,000 for going to a strip club two nights before a game (March 2012)
He randomly showed up to a press conference in Italy where a new coach was being introducing at an unrelated club, then left (March 2012)
He refused to quit smoking, so his manager said it was okay as long as he scored goals (September 2012)