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Mario Balotelli: I’d have to kill Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or

Posted Saturday, May 27, 2017 by squawka.com235 hits

Nice striker Mario Balotelli has joked that he would need to “kill” the world’s top two players if he were to win the Ballon d’Or. Balotelli was widely regarded as among the game’s most exciting young talents while breaking into the Inter Milan side a decade ago, and carried an ambition to eventually be crowned as the best footballer in the world. Though he has ...Full Story »

Nice 2 - 1 Bordeaux: Mario Balotelli scores penalty as Nice beat Bordeaux

Posted Sunday, April 02, 2017 by PA45 hits

Mario Balotelli struck from the penalty spot as Nice came from behind to beat Bordeaux 2-1 and maintain the pressure on the Ligue 1 pace-setters. Balotelli's spot-kick cancelled out Gaeten Laborde's early opener at the Allianz Riviera, but it was Valentin Eysseric who won it with his 27th-minute effort to cement the home side in third place in the table. Nice, who are unbeaten in eight games, ...Full Story »

World Cup hero to washed out: Mario Gotze's career at risk of completely falling apart

Posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 by Goal.com88 hits

When Joachim Low sent on Mario Gotze in the 88th minute of the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, the Germany manager urged the attacker to "show you're better than Lionel Messi." The then-Bayern Munich star was coming off the back of a successful first season since moving from Borussia Dortmund, and resigned Messi to the final's footnotes when he struck the winner in extra-time. After ...Full Story »

Nice forward Valentin Eysseric questions Mario Balotelli's attitude

Posted Saturday, February 11, 2017 by givemesport.com205 hits

It would seem the honeymoon period is over for Mario Balotelli in Nice. The Italian made an electrifying start to life with the Ligue 1 outfit, scoring seven goals in his first seven appearances and helping Nice reach the top of the pile. But in his last 10 matches, Balotelli has been carded more times (four yellows, one red) than he has found the net (three goals). It was too good to be tru...Full Story »

Joao Mario: I'm trying to talk Ronaldo into joining Inter!

Posted Friday, January 27, 2017 by Goal.com79 hits

The Italians have been linked with a sensational move for Lionel Messi, but Joao Mario wants to tempt his compatriot to San Siro instead Joao Mario says he is trying to persuade Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo to join him at Inter, but is finding the task difficult. Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio recently vowed to stop discussing reports linking his side with a shock move for Barce...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli speaks out after suffering racist abuse against Bastia

Posted Sunday, January 22, 2017 by Dreamteamfc.com116 hits

Mario Balotelli took to Twitter to question his treatment at the hands of some sections of Bastia's support during Nice's 1-1 draw last night. The former Man City and Liverpool striker player the entire 90 minutes as Nice went back above Monaco at the top of Ligue 1. But this morning he took to Twitter to reveal that he was the subject of racist abuse from some Bastia fans during the game. ...Full Story »

Bordeaux 0 - 0 Nice: Nine-man Nice hold Bordeaux to goalless draw as Mario Balotelli sees red

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by PA41 hits

Mario Balotelli and Younes Belhanda were sent off late on as Nice's lead at the top of Ligue 1 was reduced to two points following a goalless draw in Bordeaux. The much-maligned Balotelli was given his marching orders for the second time this season in added time after a foul on Igor Lewczuk, while Belhanda followed soon after in a bad-tempered end to the clash. Failure to win for Lucien Favre...Full Story »

Monchengladbach 1 - 2 Wolfsburg: Mario Gomez fires Wolfsburg to valuable win over Monchengladbach

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by PA31 hits

Borussia Monchengladbach coach Andre Schubert faces an uncertain future after his side were beaten 2-1 at home by fellow strugglers Wolfsburg. The loss leaves Monchengladbach with just one win from their last 11 Bundesliga matches and they now find themselves in the bottom five of the division. In contrast, Wolfsburg are now up to 13th after claiming a second successive win, which will come as...Full Story »

Nice 2 - 1 Dijon: Mario Balotelli at the double as Nice hold onto top spot

Posted Sunday, December 18, 2016 by PA31 hits

A Mario Balotelli brace ensured Nice remained top of the pile in Ligue 1 with a 2-1 win against Dijon, who had Cedric Varrault sent off late on. Both sides had warning shots fired at their respective goals early on as Balotelli flashed an effort wide of the post for the hosts before Lois Diony did well to hold onto the ball inside the Nice area before firing off-target. There proved to be litt...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli explains how he can still win the Ballon d’Or

Posted Friday, December 09, 2016 by givemesport.com131 hits

Mario Balotelli's career has taken something of a nose dive over recent years but the Italian forward still hasn't given up on his career dream of winning the Ballon d'Or. The 26-year-old, who joined Nice on a free transfer after leaving Liverpool in the summer, has rediscovered his form and confidence since arriving in France. Balotelli has scored six goals in six appearances for Nice, who ...Full Story »

Liverpool reject Mario Balotelli revealed to have had THIS bizarre clause in his contract

Posted Wednesday, December 07, 2016 by Dailystar.co.uk121 hits

According to files leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper, the Italian striker earned a £1 million bonus over the course of his doomed spell at the Merseyside club – for not spitting at anyone. "If he spat more than three times, he would be fined a million pounds, or whatever that bonus payment was for the season,” sports journalist Richard Beech told BBC 5 Live. "If you just th...Full Story »

Brendan Rodgers found it 'difficult to connect' with Mario Balotelli

Posted Friday, November 18, 2016 by ESPN96 hits

Brendan Rodgers has said he found it "very, very difficult to connect" with Mario Balotelli after the striker labelled his former Liverpool manager's player management skills were "disastrous." Balotelli, 26, made the claim in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport in which he spoke of the best and worst coaches he has worked under, adding he would have liked Jurgen Klopp to have given him more...Full Story »

Nice chief reveals secret to Mario Balotelli's revival

Posted Friday, November 11, 2016 by Tribalfootball.com132 hits

Nice chief Julien Fornier has revealed the secret to Mario Balotelli's revival. Liverpool offloaded Balotelli to Nice last summer. "All his former clubs have tried to give him rules, we don't," Fornier explained to Il Messaggero. "We have our rules for the pitch and within the squad, but they're the same for everyone. He's a nice and easy to manage player, like his teammates. "Nice is a fa...Full Story »

Red Bull Salzburg vs Nice - Mario Balotelli out of Nice's trip to Salzburg

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2016 by PA158 hits

Nice will be without star striker Mario Balotelli for their Europa League trip to Salzburg on Thursday. Balotelli, who has scored six goals for the club already this season, suffered a knock in training and will be sidelined for the crucial Group I clash. Both sides go into the game in search of their first point but Nice coach Lucien Favre does not believe Balotelli's absence will hit his tea...Full Story »

Finland 0 - 1 Croatia: Mario Mandzukic fires Croatia past Finland

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2016 by PA47 hits

Mario Mandzukic's early header proved enough for Croatia to claim their second straight win in World Cup qualifying Group I with a 1-0 triumph over Finland in Helsinki. Mandzukic headed home from an Andrej Kramaric cross in the 18th minute to get his side, fresh from Thursday night's 6-0 win over Kosovo, off to a good start. The struggling Finns rarely threatened Danijel Subasic's goal while C...Full Story »

Mario Gomez ruled out of World Cup qualifiers

Posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 by Marca.com104 hits

Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland this month due to muscle stiffness, his club VfL Wolfsburg said on Tuesday. Gomez also missed their first qualifier in September after being injured during Euro 2016 in July. "He called off the trip with the Germany team due to muscle stiffness and will miss training for a f...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli says he spoke to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘once’

Posted Tuesday, October 04, 2016 by Skysports.com177 hits

Mario Balotelli has made a good start to his Nice career Mario Balotelli claims he spoke to Jurgen Klopp "once" and says neither Liverpool nor AC Milan were "ideal environments" for him. The 26-year-old joined Milan in January 2013 before moving to Liverpool the following year but never settled on Merseyside and returned to the San Siro on loan last season where he struggled with injury. He a...Full Story »

Nice 2 - 1 Lorient: Mario Balotelli scores late winner as Nice remain top of Ligue 1

Posted Sunday, October 02, 2016 by PA68 hits

Mario Balotelli scored a late winner before being sent off as Nice maintained their lead at the top of Ligue 1 with 2-1 victory against Lorient. Ricardo Pereira had handed the hosts a first-half lead with his first goal for the club. Benjamin Moukandjo struck just after the hour mark to level but Balotelli's 85th-minute strike secured all three points for Nice before he was sent off for a seco...Full Story »

Wolfsburg 0 - 0 Mainz: Mario Gomez fails to score again as Mainz hold Wolfsburg

Posted Sunday, October 02, 2016 by PA38 hits

Wolfsburg played out their third goalless draw of the season with Mario Gomez once again failing to find the back of the net. Gomez has yet to open his account for the Wolves and the lack of a first goal was obvious as he tried desperately to score against Mainz. Julian Draxler had the best chance of the game midway through the second half when he rounded Jonas Lossl, but Giulio Donati covered...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli scores his fifth goal for Nice in four appearances

Posted Friday, September 30, 2016 by givemesport.com136 hits

Mario Balotelli is having the time of his life at Nice. The Italian striker made it five goals in four appearances for his new club in their Europa League game against Krasnodar. It means he’s already scored more goals than he managed in his entire spell at Liverpool. Balotelli joined Nice on a free after Jurgen Klopp made it blatantly clear that the 26-year-old had no role to play at...Full Story »

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