The Manchester City striker enjoyed and endured a rollercoaster of a season. His antics — both on-field and off — since arriving in England have given his coaches, teammates and fans both great joy and pain.
History will look back on the 14 league goals Balotelli scored this season as integral to City’s title charge. The Italian international was there when his team needed him most. He set the stage for Sergio Aguero‘s last-minute heroics in Sunday’s epic win over Queens Park Rangers.
After the trophy presentation, Balotelli caught up with City’s in-house television station and had some words of wisdom to share with fans. The mercurial striker said he’d rather win the title this way than, perhaps, an easier way. He usually doesn’t celebrate goals (unless he’s wearing a T-shirt with a message), but he went crazy after Aguero’s.
Finally, he had his message for his critics.
“A lot of people talked bad about me this year, and now they will have to shut up and watch me [at the European Championships],” Balotelli said.
See Balotelli’s post-victory speech in the video below.