Mario Balotelli has completed a remarkable return to one of his former clubs after completing his eighth transfer in eight years since leaving Liverpool.
The Italian joined the Reds as a desperate replacement for Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014, signing in a £16m deal from AC Milan despite then-manager Brendan Rodgers insisting he did not want the striker just a few weeks earlier.
He would ultimately prove to be a big-money flop at Anfield, going down as one of the club’s worst ever Premier League signings. Scored just four times from 28 appearances, and only once in the English top-flight during a disappointing year on Merseyside, he struggled back on loan at AC Milan before Liverpool let him join Nice in the summer of 2016 without demanding a transfer fee just to get him off the books.
Enjoying three successful years in France with both Nice and Marseille, even if his last half-campaign at the former proved unsavoury, the controversial striker has since spent season-long stints at Brescia, Monza, and Adana Demirspor.
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Suffering relegation with Brescia, he failed to win promotion from Serie B with Monza before bouncing back with a 19-goal season at Adana Demirspor. However, his time in Turkey came to a controversial end following an explosive on-pitch row with manager Vincenzo Montella.
Clashing following the final whistle after Adana Demirspor claimed a 1-0 victory over Umraniye, Balotelli enraged his compatriot after saying something to him as he walked off the pitch. And while his comments were inaudible, Montella appeared to be provoked andRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk