Tough week for Milan striker on international duty.
AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli has asked for the media to “let me live” and insists that they will see the differences if they do so.
Despite returning from fitness troubles to score in the 2-2 draw with Armenia on Tuesday night, it has been a controversial week for the 23-year-old who has made the headlines a number of times.
From being labelled an “imbecile” by an anti-mafia campaigner for his recent comments, to becoming involved in an altercation with a cameraman on his arrival in Naples, the Milan star has been in the “eye of the storm” as FIGC president Giancarlo Abete recently put it, as reported by Football Italia.
Furthermore, he refused to speak with the media after the Armenia game and ended the break by leaving Naples after their flight was delayed and driving to Rome in order to return to Milan.
While Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli has insisted that they must be close to their key striker when things are tough, he has reiterated the importance of having Balotelli fully focused and fit when the World Cup begins next summer.
However, the latest controversy and false stories in the press have angered the former Manchester City striker, who took to Twitter to deliver a message.
Ma la smettete di parlare e parlare e parlare vivere e lascia vivere! Vivete e lasciatemi vivere e vedrete le differenze!
— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) October 16, 2013
Balotelli has insisted that if he is allowed “to live”, then everyone will see the differences. While that is a sentiment that may be shared by the general public, the fact remains that Balotelli sells newspapers and will always be in the public eye.