Thursday 27 April 2017

'Balotelli didn't even know Joe Allen was his team-mate' – More incredible tales from departed Reds striker

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Few on Merseyside will shed a tear that Mario Balotelli has left the club on loan, but once again some incredible stories have emerged on the Italian's carry-on at the club.

Twelve months after paying AC Milan £16m for his services, the Reds agreed to send him back to the Serie A outfit on a season-long loan.

While there is no permanent agreement in place at the end of the loan, it appears that Balotelli is unlikely to ever play for the club after an underwhelming stay at the club. Liverpool will still have to pay a large portion of his £90,000 per week wages.

The Liverpool Echo has lifted the lid on more stories that showcase the incredible antics of the Italian striker.

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From shocking his team-mates by smoking at the training ground, to feigning injury in order to buy the brand new iPhone6 after seeing a team-mate with the new product, he struggled to find out who exactly his team-mates were.

"During a team bonding exercise he claimed not to know who Joe Allen was - despite having shared a dressing room with the Wales international for months," the paper reports.

It claims that despite a poor attitude to training and refusal to do extra work on the pitch, gym or even video analysis – "Balotelli would walk away at the earliest opportunity" – he remained popular with the squad for his light-hearted antics, revelling in the role as the joker in the group.

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