After an experience on the Monza side where he failed to help the Lombard club to promotion in Serie A, Mario Balotelli (31) made the choice of Turkey by joining the ambitious promoted from Adana Demirspor. As part of a team that brought in Simon Deli (Bruges), Jonas Svensson (AZ Alkmaar), Benjamin Stambouli (Schalke 04) and Younés Belhanda (free) over the summer, Mario Balotelli had not only made a financial choice as the project he was to play the leading roles in Turkey under the leadership of Vincenzo Montella.
A good regularity and the return to the selection
He made headlines in his early days, while showing a consistent level of performance, however he paid for the late arrival of his coach and many recruits. Sportingly impeccable, he ended the season with 19 goals and 6 offerings in 33 games, his best performance since 2017/2018 when he wore the OGC Nice shirt under Lucien Favre. This also corresponds to the last steps of him in the Italian team. Against Poland, on September 7, 2018 (1-1), Mario Balotelli had played his 36th and at the moment last game with the Nazionale (14 goals) but that tends to change.
Already last January, Roberto Mancini gently opened the door to a return of the former Palermo: “The door to the national team is always open to everyone. Technically he has always been good, you have to see how he is physically. We lost sight of it for a while and seeing it live for a few days can be much more useful.” Called up from January 26 to 28 during an internship at Coverciano, he gradually returned to the national team at the age of 31.
Mario Balotelli is in great shape
If Roberto Mancini’s upcoming slate could worry Mario Balotelli, public opinion remains fairly circumspect around former Marseilles like Italian football legend Arrigo Sacchi in rai sports : “I have always looked at the reliability of people. I hadn’t called Berti at first, then I called him back and he told me that he would be the first to arrive at training and also the last to leave. So it was. If Balotelli had said what Berti said, I probably would have called him too. This question of reliability always comes up when we talk about Mario Balotelli and nothing better than his mentor and former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini to judge his motivation.
🇮🇹😅 Mario Balotelli scored five in Adana Demirspor’s last game of the season.
He was teasing a bit with this…pic.twitter.com/6ZmIFuEKFV
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 22, 2022
If you have to question this factor, however, you can count on a Mario Balotelli in great form. Yesterday against Göztepe he scored a five-pointer in Adana Demirspor’s 7-0 win. An XXL performance for the Italian that he scored after a nice deep call, then a helmet, a good shot from the left and a slightly luckier shot before scoring a crazy goal. With six leg crossings reminiscent of the Mancini-Anthony Réveillère scene, he wrapped up his great performance with a nice flick of the scarf.
True to form, he dropped a humorous note after the meeting: “For the first time in my career I scored 5 goals in a game. If they had told me before, I would have scored the sixth. I tried to be the top scorer (he finished two goals behind Umut Bozok, editor’s note), but scoring so many goals was not easy today. Still under contract for two years until June 2024, he was also coy about his future. Finishing the exercise strongly, Mario Balotelli sent a nice message to his coach and to the clubs that might be interested in his services.