Mario Balotelli continued the incredible start to his AC Milan career Friday with an awesome performance in the club’s Serie A match against Parma.
The striker looked like the best player on the pitch for much of the match, getting involved in nearly every venture forward for the Rossoneri.
Eventually, the pressure he helped apply paid dividends when a cross by Kevin Prince-Boateng was turned into the net by Parma’s Gabriel Paletta.
While “Super” Mario continued to be effective in attack, the only thing missing from his match was an effort on Nicola Pavarini’s net.
That changed in the 75th minute, when Balotelli struck a wondrous free kick to give his side a cushion.
While Parma scored in the final moments to half the deficit, the gap was enough to see Milan to the finish line and earn them all three points.
Balotelli’s second-half goal further expanded upon his ridiculous statistics at Milan thus far.
Through three league matches, Mario has four goals and the decisive goal in each match (two match winners and a late equalizer).
The striker’s hot start comes as somewhat of a surprise. After all, while Balotelli has incredible amounts of talent, he was somewhat of an afterthought at Manchester City before making the transfer in January.
In fact, Mario all but forced his departure from Manchester after getting into a scuffle with manager Roberto Mancini and having numerous off-field issues, including the infamous incidents where he threw darts at the youth team while they trained and set his house alight while trying to let off fireworks in his bathroom.
Of course, Balotelli has proven before that he is an extremely useful player when he is happy. For evidence, just see his performance against Germany at Euro 2012, where he produced two moments of magic to propel Italy to the final of the tournament.
If Mario Balotelli’s career at AC Milan continues the way it has started, it should be a lesson to all young professionals on the importance of being in the right situation.