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Balotelli: I’m better than Fabregas & Rooney, and who is Wilshere?

Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Manchester, England.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli claimed after winning an award naming him as the best European player under the age of 21, that he is better than Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, and has never even heard of the player voted in second place in the award, Jack Wilshere. He went on to say that Lionel Messi is the only previous winner of the award who is better than him – but only a “little” better.

In reference to 18 year-old Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, Balotelli said:

‘What’s his name? Wil…? No, I just don’t know him, but the next time I play against Arsenal I’ll try to be careful. Maybe I could show him the Golden Boy trophy and remind him that I won.”

He may be excused for this, as Wilshere has only recently broken through into the Arsenal first team – making a total of 16 league appearances for the Gunners. But he has been very impressive – justifying being voted second out of every European player under 21. However, for Balotelli to claim he is better than Fabregas and Rooney? Not so excusable.

Talking about the previous winners of the award – including Rooney and Fabregas, the Italian said:

‘There’s only one that is a little stronger than me: Messi. All the others behind me.

‘I am delighted to receive the award, but who else would have won if not me? Two years ago I finished sixth and then fourth in 2009. Now it’s my turn, no?

I think it would be very safe to say that Balotelli’s ego is quite large, and he is certainly not short on self-confidence. He is full of the talk. But where is his proof to support his statements? He would have to go a long way in the next few years to prove that he is even in the same league as the players he has mentioned.

Rooney has won 3 Premier League titles, 2 League Cups and one Champions League trophy, as well as being awarded countless individual awards. While Fabregas was named club captain at 21, he went on to win both the UEFA European Championship in 2008, and the biggest prize in world football, the FIFA World Cup in 2010, both with his country, Spain. Both are considered very special players with superb ability and desire to help their team win trophies. The big headed Balotelli on the other hand seems to me as someone far more interested in making himself look good for his own personal gain.

Yes, he is a good player, and yes he probably did deserve the recognition and award, but he is such an arrogant, self-centred, egotistical person, its hard to have much respect for him, especially when he is putting fellow professionals down.



  1. laychiluh

    December 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    He is a psychotic patient….cos psychosis causes such kind of over and unrealistic confidence…
    He simply talks but did nothing…..I laughed when he said he is better than Rooney who single handedly won most of the games to united last year and Fabrigas who does the same for arsenal.

  2. offside isutsa

    December 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

    maro should know that a big player always respects his opponents.what a stupid talk

  3. sam

    December 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Mario who?? I don’t think many people have heard of him either! What has he donein football that would make him think he is better than Cesc and Rooney. Cesc is widely rated by EVERYONE as one of the best midfielders in the world! And Rooney last season was rated one of th best strikers in the world. I only heard of this guy when he came to Citeh, so what makes him think he’s some kinda household name in football?????????

  4. Carlos

    December 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Hey Ronaldo, Mourinho, Ferguson and co. are alll worse than him. We will see if he can back his words up. Time will tell. By the way who is Wilshire?


    December 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm


  6. Fab4

    December 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Haha, yeah he played a major role in all those triumphs! He’s been a bench-warmer at Inter and is just a mouthy little tw*t. Talented he may be but history has proven you need more than just talent to become one of the greats of the game. Balotelli’s bad attitude will hold him back.

  7. monkey whistler

    December 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm


  8. Emmanuel Adekunle

    December 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Ballotelli should go and get some proper training, cus I’ve never seen him influence a game half as much as wilshere does for Arsenal. Wilshere is now a major player in Arsenal, Ballotelli is just a man city player.

  9. Lkman

    December 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Who is he?is he a humanbeing?i don’t think so.24 million signing with only two goals.shame on u mario.italian fool.ghanian mutt

  10. Menace

    December 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Who was that guy Balo…..? Sounds like he thinks he is the ballo(ks. He may be a good footbaler but he certainly is stupid.

  11. Abdikadir

    December 23, 2010 at 6:29 am

    I would like to remind that being a man is something worth enough so don priase ur self let pple praise u.dat all and try to adopt da english premier be4 outbursting so take ur time stop

  12. Abdikadir

    December 23, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I would like to remind that balo being a man is something worth enough so don priase ur self let pple praise u.dat all and try to adopt da english premier be4 outbursting so take ur time stop

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