Infamous Soccer Star Mario Balotelli Is Leaving Manchester City — Here Are The 21 Craziest Things He Did In England

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Mario Balotelli is leaving England and returning to Italy to play for AC Milan after two tumultuous seasons for Manchester City.Balotelli is one of the single most entertaining athletes on the planet, on and off the field. It’s a huge loss for American soccer fans, since there are more Man City games on TV than Milan games.

Fifteen months ago we started a series on the Craziest Things Mario Balotelli Has Ever Done. From October 2011 to November 2012, the list grew from 15 slides to 25 slides as Balo racked up crazy anecdote after crazy anecdote.

To celebrate his all-too-brief career at City, we picked out the 21 craziest things he ever did in England.

He will be missed.

He bought a camouflage Bentley (January 2013)

He got in a fist fight with a his coach during practice (January 2013)

He got a Genghis Khan quote tattooed on his chest after scoring his first goal of the season (November 2012)

Balotelli has been benched for most of the 2012 Premier League season. But he scored his first goal last weekend. To celebrate, he got this tattooed on his chest:

'I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.'

Source: Daily Mail

He refused to quit smoking, so his manager said it was OK as long as he scored goals (September 2012)

He was fined $400,000 for going to a strip club two nights before a game (March 2012)

Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has a rule that players can't go out on the town in the 48 hours before a game.

Balotelli violated that rule by hitting a Liverpool-area strip club at 2 a.m. on the Thursday night before a Saturday game.

Source: The Sun

He stopped at a local high school in the middle of the day, used the bathroom and left (January 2012)

He also meandered around the school with some friends for 20 minutes, then left in his Bentley.

Source: Manchester Evening News

He had a mock sword fight at an Indian restaurant while violating curfew (December 2011)

The night before a game against Manchester United, Balotelli and his friend took some rolling pins from a curry house and had a sword fight with them.

Less than 12 hours later, he scored two goals in a 6-1 rout of Man U.

Source: The Telegraph

He stomped on an opponent's head (January 2012)

Balotelli was somehow not red-carded for this stop on Tottenham player Scott Parker.

But he did receive a four-match ban.

He revealed a 'WHY ALWAYS ME?' shirt after scoring against Man U (October 2011)

After scoring the opening goal against Manchester United, Mario pulled up his jersey to reveal a shirt that said, 'WHY ALWAYS ME?'

Last month, he explained to Time magazine that the slogan meant, 'Just leave me alone.'

He burned down his bathroom after shooting fireworks from his window (October 2011)

Mario and four of his buddies were setting off fireworks last fall when one hit a bath towel and caught fire.

The fire department came at around 1 a.m., and Balotelli had to stay in a hotel on the night before a huge game against Manchester United.

Afterward, he became a fireworks safety spokesman for the City of Manchester.

Source: The Guardian

He was benched for showboating and missing a wide-open goal in L.A. (July 2011)

Mario had a wide-open goal in a preseason game against the L.A. Galaxy.

But instead of kicking it in, he tried to do a twirling backheel and missed.

His coach was enraged, and pulled him out of the game on the spot.

See the video here.

He couldn't figure out how to put on a warm-up bib during a game (May 2011)

Balotelli became a YouTube hit in the States when he tried and failed for over a minute to put on a bib before warming up in a Europa League game.

Eventually, a Man City employee gave him some help, and he was able to get the thing on.

See video here.

A little boy on the street told Mario he was being picked on, so Balotelli went to his school and confronted the bully (May 2011)

A youngster asked Balotelli for his autograph after practice one day. When Mario asked him why he wasn't in school, the kid said he was being picked on.

So he drove the boy and his mother to school and gave the bully a talking to. He also met to the headmaster to discuss the issue.

Source: Metro UK

He once gave $1,000 to a homeless guy after winning $25,000 at a casino (April 2011)

He was feeling good after winning five-figures at a Manchester-area casino.

So he generously gave $1,000 to a homeless guy he saw when he left.

Source: The Sun

He once got pulled over with $25,000 sitting in the front seat (April 2011)

The officer asked him why he had so much loose cash sitting on the seat.

'Because I can,' he told him.

That's about all you need to know.

Source: Daily Mail

He got Man City eliminated from the Europa League by getting a red card for a karate kick (March 2011)

favoured Man City were eliminated from the Europa League by Kiev last season.

In the second leg of the clash, Balotelli carelessly flew in to a tackle like a ninja and spiked a Kiev player in the midsection.

City lost 2-1 on aggregate.

See the video here.

He had to come out of a game in Kiev because of a spontaneous grass allergy (March 2011)

Balotelli is apparently allergic to some kinds of grass, which is problematic if you're a soccer player.

Said his coach after the game, 'I came out a minute before the players and I didn't see Mario. He then said he could play but his face was swollen.'

Mario was substituted 10 minutes into the second half.

Source: Yahoo!

Mario was caught throwing darts in the direction of youth team players after practice one day.

Afterward, he said he did it because he was 'bored.'

He was fined $100,000 for the incident.

Source: Yahoo!

He got in a fist-fight with a teammate in practice (December 2010)

What do you do when you don't like a tackle your teammate makes in practice?

Fight him.

Balotelli got in a bust-up with defender Jerome Boateng last winter.

Source: Yahoo!

He racked up $10,000 in parking tickets, and had his Maserati impounded 27 times (2010)

Balotelli didn't pay attention to the parking rules when he moved to Manchester.

As a result, he accumulated five-figures worth of parking fines and had his white Maserati locked up dozens of times.

Source: Daily Mail

He racked up $300,000 in team fines two seasons ago (2010-11)

Add together the penalties for throwing darts, showing up late, getting in fights, and drawing red cards, and you get a pretty penny.

Luckily Balotelli makes $100,000 a week, so he's still doing OK.

Source: The Sun

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