London: Mario Balotelli, who is well known for his outrageous antics off the pitch, feels that he has no real friends in his ‘adopted city’ England and insists that the stories about him are “always exaggerated”.
The Manchester City star revealed that he would be happiest if people would stop talking about him and let him get on with his day job.
“Someone should explain to adults and elderly people that I’m not the only rich young footballer,” a leading daily quoted him as saying.
“I’m 21 and I’ve been living far from home for almost two years now. I adapted well, but I don’t have real friends here.”
The Italian star - infamous for throwing darts at youth players, wrecking 100,000 pounds cars, trying to break into a women’s prison or setting off fireworks in his bathroom - expressed his exasperation when media blows up the issues surrounding him.
“The most annoying thing is that in Italy those foolish talks are re-used and amplified without checking,” he said.
“If I buy a Fiat Uno, I’ll read that for a man like me a Ferrari was more suitable. If instead I buy a Ferrari, they’ll write that I should have kept my feet on the ground and bought a Fiat.”
“If I smile, I’m not serious. If I don’t smile, I’m a rich sulker that doesn’t enjoy having the most beautiful job in the world,” he added.