UEFA Euro 2016 : Mario Balotelli and his woes


Booed and dropped Mario’s future looks uncertain

Having been dropped from the AC Milan first-team frame, by Italy and now seemingly set to miss out on UEFA Euro 2016, Mario Balotelli’s future is uncertain. Here’s a view on the Liverpool loanee’s problems.

Striker Mario Balotelli made a rare appearance for his current club AC Milan on Sunday, but his appearance in the match which was late and ineffective in the 1-1 draw with Lazio was met by boos from his own supporters, and this had basically summed up his return to Italy.

Balotelli’s return to his old club AC Milan on loan was meant to reignite the striker’s career after he had had a poor season with Liverpool, but as it turns out it has not had the favourable result for any of the parties involved.

The Italian has managed to get just three first team starts and one goal this season, and current Milan boss Sinisa Mihajlovic had criticized his work rate, after the 25-year-old had failed to make an impact on his return from a groin surgery in November of 2015, and as a result of this Balotelli has been dropped from Antonio Conte’s Italy squad ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016.

Because of his poor form, Liverpool’s chances of offloading the striker who was signed for 16 million pounds in 2014 have taken a hit, because of his now reduced market price.

It was assumed that a return to his home country Italy and his old club Milan would be motivational for the striker, and he showed glimpses of promise early in the season.

But it was all derailed after he suffered a groin injury back in November of 2015, which kept him out for 13 matches.

After returning from his injury, he was given chances by his manager to prove his worth again, but it seems like Mario has gone back to his old behaviour and seems unmotivated to play well.

His poor form has not gone down well with the supporters, who are tired of the clubs shortcomings for some years now.

It has been a massive change of fortune for a striker who was named in the Euro 2012 team of the tournament but has now been dropped completely.