Former Manchester City, Liverpool, and Inter Milan star, Mario Balotelli, has finally gotten a new club after waiting for over four months to land a new deal. The 30-year-old Italian center-forward signed a new deal with Italian Serie B side AC Monza today, December 7, 2020.
According to the available details about the deal, Mario Balotelli is expected to play for the Serie B side until the end of the 2020-2021 season in Italy. After sealing the deal with the out of favor Italy national team star, AC Monza, took to their official Twitter page to share pictures showing the unveiling of the controversial football star.
In the caption of the picture which confirmed that Mario Balotelli will wear the jersey number 45 at the club, the club simply wrote: “Welcome Mario” in Italian.
Benvenuto Mario!⚪️🔴🔥 https://t.co/2nmDzUzDV1 pic.twitter.com/a3F3SCoTiB— AC Monza (@ACMonza) December 7, 2020
Recall that Mario Balotelli has been without a professional contract and a football club since July 2020 when Brescia finally succeeded in getting rid of him after a lengthy legal and even physical battle. He joined the relegated Italian Serie A team from French Ligue 1 side Marseille in January 2019 for free.
Before the end of the 2019-2020 season, Balotelli and Brescia were involved in a serious crisis. The club complained that the Italian footballer was not always showing up for training and whenever he decided to show up, he always showed up late.
The club also claimed that Balotelli was not keeping up with some of the agreements he had with the club which prompted the club to force him out of the club in July 2020.
It got so bad that Mario Balotelli was locked out of Brescia’s training ground and had to be forced not to join the team in training. After a series of back and forth between the footballer and the club, they both reached an agreement which was good enough for both of them to part ways.
Before Mario Balotelli left Brescia that now plays in Italian Serie B, the center-forward managed to score 5 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions which is better than his 4 goals in 28 matches that he recorded while at Liverpool between 2014 and 2016.
Mario Balotelli hit the peak of his football career while playing for Inter Milan between 2007 and 2010. He won three Italian Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, one Supercoppa Italiana, and one UEFA Champions League title with Inter Milan before he left for Manchester City in 2010.
In City, he had a fair stay at the English club before his lack of discipline forced him out of the club. Before he left City in 2013, he won one Premier League title and one FA Cup. He helped City to win the titles with 30 goals and 7 assists in 80 appearances.