Mario Balotelli’s self-confidence knows no bounds.
After returning to Melwood from his loan spell with AC Milan, the Italian striker responded to suggestions from Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that there had been too much expectation placed on his 25-year-old shoulders.
“In my view there weren’t enough, as I can do so much more than what I said, but it takes time.
“On the scale of 0 to 10, I stopped at five, but I’ll get to 10 eventually. I want to get there. I will win the Ballon d’Or.
“I do realise that I’ve spent two years of my career when I could’ve been getting closer to 10 and instead stayed at five.
“I know, the Ballon d’Or might seem laughable and I might not have done everything to be the best, but the important thing is I realised it’s not too late.
“I don’t want to reach the end of my career with the regret of not doing everything I can to be the best. Up until two years ago I made do with what I had. I did well, knew I could play, so I was happy. It wasn’t in my mind to improve, as I thought that was enough.
“Over the last two years I started working seriously, yet the results did not arrive. Maybe I am paying the price for the previous 23 years. I am relaxed, though, as I am aware that in the last two years things have changed completely.”
Welcome back Mario!