Why always him?


  • Bend It Like Bedi
  • Monday, 25 Aug 2014

Mario Balotelli. - AFP

I didn't know what to think when I first heard Liverpool were considering signing a certain Mario Balotteli. Why always him? Ok, perhaps not always, but why him?

The Merseyside team had just sold off their most problematic - but prolific - player, Luis Suarez, to Barcelona.

Now they want to get someone who is more problematic - and unlike Suarez doesn't seem to give his 100% on the pitch.

If he's that good why would AC Milan sell him for a relatively cheap price of approximately RM80mil?

But after giving it some thought, it might not be such a bad idea after all.

Balotteli, 24, definitely has talent and if you can the best of him, it would be so worth it. That’s a big IF.

Liverpool has reportedly inserted behaviour clauses in his contract. If he doesn't "behave" there's a chance that he lose up to £2mil per year.

Liverpool might have taken a leaf from Barcelona's book, who also inserted a "no biting" clause in Suarez's contract.

Will these clauses work? Who knows, but it just shows that teams want to protect themselves in case something happens.

It also goes to show that winning is the most important thing for teams.

They would take a chance on talented players who would not normally fit the club's "culture and norms."

Balotteli has done too many things, including throwing darts at a youth player during his time at Manchester City.

Suarez, meanwhile, has been in the dock for chomping on opponents three times in his career.

What are the odds that these two players won't repeat their various indiscretions in the future?

It's not that tough to blow up when somebody keeps on hacking at your legs. In any case, these "crazy" players are some of the most gifted.

Think of Zinedine Zidane, who head butted his opponent during his last match and Argentinian legend Maradona, who did too many things to mention.

In tennis, we have John McEnroe, Dennis Rodman for basketball and there is boxing's Mike Tyson.

Without these colourful characters, sports can be a bit boring, although I am not endorsing the biting of an opponent’s ear!

Back to the man known as Super Mario. He needs a whole load of guidance, but at the same time, the team has to be strict with him.

He can’t be given special treatment as this will risk harmony in the team.

Just like any other thing in life, Liverpool and Balotelli have to take their chances. Both sides can benefit from one another.

If he keeps on scoring goals, nobody will be asking Why Always Him?

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