Dutch superstar Wesley Sneijder has tipped Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli to become one of the world’s best players, Mirrorfootball has revealed.
Sneijder, a former team-mate of Balotelli’s at Internazionale, insists the 20-year-old has the potential to become a top player but is in danger of squandering his talents unless he starts behaving himself.
“He has a personality,” said Sneijder. “Sometimes as a player he is amazing because he can do crazy things on the pitch. But outside of the pitch he can do crazy things, stupid things sometimes. He knows this because I talked many times with him last year. He is still young and sometimes he loses control.”
The World Cup runner-up continued: “He’s like he was here before, he’s a player with a lot of qualities. He can be one of the best strikers in the world if he continues like this. If he starts thinking in the right way he can be one of the biggest strikers in the world. He’s still young, he needs some time, but he is doing very well.”
IFF back Toure.
Manchester City’s Kolo Toure has received the backing of the Ivorian Football Federation over his suspension from football, according to The Telegraph.
Toure, who has been suspended from football after testing positive for a ‘specified substance’, received a letter from the football federation of his homeland offering its ‘compassion and support’ in these troubled times.
The former Arsenal player could serve a ban of up to two years and is yet to reveal whether or not he will submit a B sample for testing to clear his name.
IFF managing director Ardiouma Kone wrote in his letter to Toure and City: “In these hard times that you cross, The Executive Committee of the Ivorian Football Federation and its President, His Excellency Ambassador Jacques Anouma, would like to assure you of compassion and support.
“The Ivorian Football Federation, which could always count on your availability and your commitment to defend an exemplary way the colours of Ivory Coast, hopes for a successful outcome of the legal process that requires this case to allow you to find joy playing football, your passion.”
Balo allergic reaction.
Mario Balotelli is believed to have suffered an allergic reaction to the type of grass used in the Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium last night which forced him to come off the pitch after 60 minutes last night.
The Manchester City striker’s face had swollen up and he received an antihistamine injection at half-time to help control his allergy but had to be substituted early in the second half.
City boss Roberto Mancini insisted the former Inter striker wanted to play in the second half: “Mario had an allergy, I don’t know what, his face was swollen, I don’t know why. He wanted to play in the second half but he had this problem 10 seconds before coming out.
“I came out a minute before the players and I didn’t see Mario. He then said he could play but his face was swollen.”