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Monday April 13 2020
Report: Galatasaray in Balotelli talks

Brescia star Mario Balotelli could leave Italy after only one season back in Serie A, with Galatasaray reportedly in ongoing talks with agent Mino Raiola.

La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolò Schira claims Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, is in ongoing talks with the Turkish giants regarding a two-year deal with the former Inter and Milan attacker.

Balotelli returned to Lombardy last summer, after spending three years in Ligue 1 with OGC Nice and Olympique Marseille.

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Wednesday April 8 2020
Enock: 'Balotelli only plays 30 per cent'

Mario Balotelli’s brother, Enock Barwuah, reveals why the Italy striker made that pose against Germany in Euro 2012 and is worried the Brescia star “only plays at 30 per cent” of his potential.

SuperMario was born in Palermo to parents from Ghana, but was raised by an Italian family, taking on their name Balotelli, even if the adoption was never made official.

His biological brother Enock remains very close and had his own less than successful playing career, but gave some insight into Balo’s life.

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Monday April 6 2020
Mancini: 'Balotelli one of the best'

Italy CT Roberto Mancini has claimed Mario Balotelli ‘is among the best centre-forwards’ but claimed he hasn’t done enough to secure a place in the Azzurri squad.

Mancini had the current Brescia forward’s in his squad at Inter and at Manchester City, and knows the 29-year-old better than most.

The Rondinelle are currently bottom of Serie A, despite having brought Balotelli back to Lombardy last summer, and the Azzurri boss claimed the striker, who has scored five times this season, has not helped his case.

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Sunday April 5 2020
Saponara: 'Balotelli worth Ballon d'Or'

Riccardo Saponara played alongside Kaka at Milan, but maintains Mario Balotelli was his most talented teammate. “He had what it takes to win the Ballon d’Or.”

Saponara spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his career, which has seen him move regularly from club to club, never quite delivering on his early promise.

“Considering the career he had, Kaka is the best teammate I ever played with. However, in that Milan squad, I also discovered Balotelli. I continue to insist he had what it takes to win the Ballon d’Or.”

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Thursday March 12 2020
Brescia disavow Balotelli Juventus comments

Brescia have released a statement distancing themselves from Mario Balotelli’s comments about Juventus, although he assures it was only a joke.

The striker said during an Instagram live chat that Serie A played the remaining fixtures from Week 26, including Juventus 2-0 Inter, because they “had to wait until Juventus went back on top before stopping the league.”

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Thursday March 12 2020
Balotelli: 'They waited for Juve...'

Brescia forward Mario Balotelli joked “they waited for Juventus to go top” before suspending Serie A due to the Coronavirus outbreak and doubts play will resume on April 3.

Currently on lockdown along with everyone else in Italy, SuperMario spent his time chatting with friend Er Faina on a live Instagram broadcast.

“We’ve got to stay home, guys, people don’t understand the severity of what is happening,” said the Italy international.

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Sunday March 8 2020
Balotelli calls for stop to football

Mario Balotelli agrees with the Players’ Association that football should stop in Italy until the Coronavirus is under control. “Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up.”

The situation is spiralling out of control, particularly in the Lombardy region, where by far the majority of the over 5,000 cases are based.

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Tuesday March 3 2020
Lopez: 'Balo? Not how it seems'

Diego Lopez hopes that Mario Balotelli can “help us save” Brescia and points out the forward has a great “footballing intelligence”.

Brescia are currently 19th in Serie A and seven points behind safety in the top tier, but the Uruguayan coach has been appointed to help them stay up in their first season back.

Balotelli arrived last summer and has scored five times in 18 league matches this term, struggling to lead the Rondinelle to salvation in his return to Italian football.

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Saturday February 22 2020
Balotelli case lawyer: 'Born actress'

Mario Balotelli garnered more evidence of an attempted extortion plot when a teenage girl’s lawyer was caught calling her “a born actress. I want two Ferraris out of this.”

The Brescia striker lodged a police complaint for attempted extortion of €100,000 in December 2017, three weeks before the girl from Vicenza went to police claiming she had been raped.

They met when she was on vacation and he was playing in Ligue 1 for OGC Nice in July 2017.

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Friday February 21 2020
Balotelli contacted police before girl

Mario Balotelli went to police and claimed a teenage girl was trying to blackmail him for €100,000 several weeks before she filed a rape complaint against the Brescia player.

They met in July 2017, when Balotelli was still playing in Ligue 1 for OGC Nice.

French newspaper Nice-Matin has outlined the two versions of the situation put forward to police in Italy by both the player and the girl.

He was 26 years old at the time they met and insists she not only told him that she was 18, but also showed her ID to prove it.

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