Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli claims he can still win the Ballon d’Or after bagging brace on debut for Nice


LIVERPOOL flop Mario Balotelli believes he can still win football’s biggest individual prize – the Ballon d’Or.

The optimistic claim comes after the Italian striker was named man of the match in Nice’s 3-2 win over Marseille with Balotelli bagging a brace on his debut.

Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his first goal for Nice
Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his first goal for Nice
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The Italian then scored his side's second as Nice beat Marseille 3-2
The Italian then scored his side’s second as Nice beat Marseille 3-2
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The 26-year-old impressed at his new club and wasted no time in revealing his future ambitions.

He told Canal +: “Of course. It’s not too late.

“I think I could have already won it by now, but by working hard in training I could still win it in the next two or three years.”

Mario Baloteli receives man of the match award for Nice debut while getting massage

Balotelli opened the scoring from the spot just seven minutes into the clash before later equalising with a close range header with 78 minutes on the clock.

His league tally of two is one more than he scored during his disastrous stint at AC Milan last campaign and with Liverpool two seasons ago.

And Balotelli also took the opportunity to fire a scathing parting shot at the Reds highlighting his regret at signing for the Anfield club.

Balotelli slated both former managers Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp
Balotelli slated both former managers Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp
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Balotelli failed to make an impact during his time at Anfield
Balotelli flopped miserably at Liverpool scoring just four goals in 28 appearances
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He added: "It was the worst mistake of my life.

"Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, and some of the players who I really got on 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."

 

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