Former Liverpool midfielder and legend Steven Gerrard has stated that Mario Balotelli is unlikely to become a true world class footballer due to his poor attitude and lack of desire.
The Italian star arrived at Liverpool last season from AC Milan and had a poor season at Anfield scoring only four times in four competitions and returned to his former club AC Milan on a loan for a season.
Gerrard said that the lack of desire and determination and his complacency will prevent, the talented player to become a truly world-class footballer ever.
In his new book ‘My Story’ – which is being serialised in the Daily Mail – the ex-England skipper writes of Balotelli: “After his promising debut against Tottenham, he had lapsed in training and the subsequent games.”
He said, “His demeanour was very poor. I made my up mind pretty quickly after that about Balotelli.”
“We got on fine. I still tried to help him and I kept looking for chances to praise him, but I could see why Mourinho had been right when he said Balotelli is unmanageable.”
“He is very talented with the potential to be world class, but he’ll never get there because of his mentality and the people around him. Balotelli’s always late, he always wants attention.”
“He says the wrong things on social media. For me, he doesn’t work hard enough on a daily basis. You’re always fighting a losing battle with Balotelli. He does too many things wrong.”
The Italian is currently playing for AC Milan and yesterday did well in the Milan derby which Inter won 1-0 thanks to a Fredy Guarin goal. Balotelli was denied by the post once.