The Italian striker was tipped for great things after impressing as a young star with Inter.But unfortunately his progress has stagnated.
The Italian scored just one goal ahead of thee 2014/15 campaign at Anfield and he only scored just one goal when on a season long loan at AC Milan.
Balotelli now realises it is time for him to start living up to his potential and the former Manchester City star is confident of doing so.
“I have not done enough in recent years. I can do much
better. But it takes time. On a scale of one to 10, I have only reached
five. But I will get to 10 eventually, because that is my goal,”
Balotelli told Corriere della Sera.
“I want to win the Ballon d’Or. Although I realise I got stuck at
five out of 10 in the last two years when my goal was to get closer to
10. I know people will laugh when I say I want the Ballon d’Or. I have
not done everything needed to become the best.
“But the most important thing is that I have realised my mistakes and
it is not too late yet. I don’t want to reach the end of my career
thinking that I have not done everything to become the best.
“Until two years ago I was happy with what I had. I was doing well
and I was happy with the way things were, even if I was aware of my
flaws. I was not thinking about improving.
“I started working harder two years ago, even if the results are not
there yet. Maybe I am paying for the previous 23 years. But I am calm. I
know that things have changed for me over the past two years.”
Balotelli also missed out on Italy’s squad for Euro 2016 following his underwhelming performances in 2015/16, but he does not blame the Italian coach Antonio Conte for his decision.