Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli have started his career at French club Nice on a high as he scored a brace in his debut match against Marseille as Nice prevailed 3-2 in a crucial encounter.
The Italian has started and was an instant hit as he scored in the seventh minute converting a penalty and also scored with 12 minutes remaining to make the score 2-2. Nice then eventually found a winner and won the game to reach second position in Ligue 1.
Balotelli impressed everyone with seven shots, two crosses and a chance created during the course of the game. He also committed four fouls, the most by any attacker in Ligue 1 this weekend.
He looked very sharp with the new club as he is determined to revive his career. Once considered the brightest young striker in Europe, Balotelli has lost way since joining Liverpool as he scored just one Premier League goal in his first season and was shipped out to AC Milan on loan before leaving for Nice on a free transfer on the deadline day this summer.
Speaking after the match, the Italian striker have admitted that joining Liverpool was the mistake of his life and hit out on his former managers Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.
He told Canal+: “I joined Liverpool. It was the worst mistake of my life.
“Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, I must be honest, and the players, who I had a good rapport with, I didn’t like the club.
“I had two coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. As people they didn’t make a good impression on me. I didn’t get along with them.”