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Mario Balotelli targets Ballon d'Or to rival Cristiano and Messi

Balotelli scored two goals on his Nice debut in Ligue 1 and afterwards was not shy when asked to consider the prospect of him winning the top individual prize in the game.

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In recent years, the best of Mario Balotelli – certainly in terms of excitement – has been seen off the field of play. Whether it was causing damage to his house after lighting fireworks inside or getting his car impounded (which happened 27 times while in Manchester), or by giving his support to rival teams as he infamously did in Serie A, the striker has never had difficulty making the headlines. And now he’s done it again, just by opening his mouth.

Nice way to get things going

It should first be made clear that Mario did something quite impressive on the pitch yesterday before speaking to the media. On his Ligue 1 debut for Nice he scored two goals – one from the penalty spot – to help his side to a 3-2 victory over Marseille. The player arrived in France after being discarded by Jürgen Klopp where he didn’t fit into the Liverpool plan and being rejected by several clubs back in Italy. This is an opportunity to rebuild his career and he believes this will happen in France.

Golden desire

In an interview with Canal Football Club the confident Italian was asked about the possibility of winning the Ballon d’Or – the prize given to the best footballer based on a voting system. The 26-year old’s response was simple:

"I don’t think it's too late. I’m training well, I could win it in two or three years".

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