Can Balotelli turn his dream into reality?

by Marc Sibbons

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
 

Last week Mario Balotelli revealed to the media that his ambition is to become the best player in the world; certainly a big statement from a talented striker that has struggled with his professionalism and temperament before arriving at Man City.

So can he become the best player in the world? or is that ambition a task that Balotelli isn’t capable of? Well of what we have seen so far then its hard to say, because we haven’t seen enough from the Italian hitman. Injury has restricted Balotelli from making only 4 appearances this season, three in the league and one in Europe. However, he has seen a return of 3 goals in those 4 games which indicates that this young man is most definitely warming to the Premier League and it’s demands.

Two goals and an impressive performance all round against West Brom last Sunday is certainly whetting the appetite for a striker keen to make his mark and deliver his club a chance of silverware this season; his second goal in particular was a typical striker’s finish, a goal that we used to see great strikers like Thierry Henry score during his Arsenal days.

First and foremost he must get City into the Champions League in order to prove he can compete against Europe’s elite clubs to have a chance of becoming the best in the world. With the high expectations and targets very apparent at City nowadays, Balotelli will have to score the goals on a regular basis providing he can stay injury free for the remainder of the season in order to achieve his and City’s ambitions.

Furthermore, he will be aiming to show the world his talent on the international fold which he is yet to do, only making one appearance for Italy since his debut against the Ivory Coast back in August. Balotelli will surely pinpoint Euro 2012 and the World Cup in 2014 as tournaments to enhance his reputation and establish himself as a key figure for the national side.

Balotelli has the talent, no doubt about that, but can he stay grounded, consistently score goals and finally shake of his reputation as a ‘bad boy’? only time will tell. If he succeeds then he has all the attributes for a striker that can be classed as ‘world class’ but he has got a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo thats for sure.

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