Super Mario needs to control his “fire” against Spain at Euro 2012 final
The Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli has formed a strong partnership with the AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano. Mario Balotelli, aka Super Mario, has played a pivotal in Italy’s campaign to the Euro 2012 final. In an interview before today’s final between Spain and Italy, Antonio Cassano stepped forth to praise Mario Balotelli and to remind him that his teammates and fans expected him to perform maturely in the game.
Mario Balotelli has been the center of controversy at Euro 2012; but that does not qualify as news for the young Manchester City striker. The notorious Italy international is no stranger to storm of contention that usually surrounds him.
Since Mario Balotelli stepped his foot on the field, the prodigal Italian has been one of the most entertaining and controversial players the football world has ever seen. At 21 years of age, Mario Balotelli has accomplished what most football players and 12-year-olds around the globe imagine of accomplishing. From scoring against the most impregnable defenses to blowing up your house with fireworks; Mario Balotelli has done it all.
The shenanigans of Mario Balotelli have been at an all time high at Euro 2012. Mario Balotelli has been figure of entertainment and controversy for Italy at the tournament. The former Inter Milan player in threading on a thin wire following his bust up with Italy’s coach Cesare Prandelli. However, Mario Balotelli also happens to be a fan favorite because he has scored three goals for Italy.
Antonio Cassano advised Mario Balotelli to be at his best against Spain. Antonio Cassano asked Mario Balotelli to use his “fire” wisely if the wants Italy to win their first Euro Cup since 1968.
“(Mario) Balotelli is young and still needs to mature,” Antonio Cassano said. “He is also emotive and sometimes his temperament can be his own worst enemy. But he has fire in his stomach and it makes him strong, so you have to be careful how you handle him.
“To tame him would be wrong, though he has to learn to control his emotions and direct them in a positive way. Only he can decide whether he wants it all or whether it all goes to waste. I have great empathy with him and know how hard it is, especially when occasionally you think the whole world is against you.
“But at the moment (Mario) Balotelli is on top of the world, very focused and dreaming of making Italy champions. As a strike partnership we are working very well together and giving Italy self-respect in difficult times,” Antonio Cassano added.