By Grayson Dowding:
Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti has given priceless advice on Italian striker Mario Balotelli, saying “take him as he is”, while insisting that the player’s erratic personality can be so easily misunderstood.
Balotelli attracts a lot of attention for his irate demeanour on the pitch which appears to be always a result of his annoyance with his many critics.
I must admit that understanding Super Mario’s many moods have given me just as many headaches as the rest of us but I am convinced he is not only a talented footballer but also quite an extra-ordinary human being.
I agree with Roberto Mancini, his manager at club level, who believes the 21-year-old player should start in Italy’s games as he poses such a huge threat with his strength, skill and power.
The talented Manchester City target-man is playing in his first international competition at the Euro 2012 Championship and high expectations have come with the major role entrusted to him.
Moratti sheds light on the enigma of a player…
“I am always ready to forgive everything,” Moratti said to Italian newspaper Il Giorno. “I have an idea of what he is like because I know Mario since he was a boy”.
“He has a wonderful family, who adore him and protect him and he repays that affection.
“But there is something in him that makes him distrustful of everyone, even those that appreciate him”.
“You only have to look at the goal against Ireland,” Moratti said. “You need a lot of interior strength to repress that joy that you naturally get when you do such an important act (to score for your country)”.
“Balotelli is like that, you have to take him as he is without pretending to want to change him.”