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Is Brendan Rodgers misguided in singling out Mario Balotelli for criticism

Is Brendan Rodgers misguided in singling out Mario Balotelli for criticism

October 25, 2014

LONDON, Oct 24 — When Mario Balotelli scored for his Manchester City side at the Old Trafford home of their bitter rivals three years ago, he lifted his sky blue shirt to reveal a message asking the question ‘Why Always Me?’ The enigmatic Italian might well be seeking the answer to that same question to this day. Back then, Balotelli’s shirt stunt was met with amusement and admiration — the act of a maverick who had scored the opening goal in a 6-1 demolition of Manchester... Read more

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