Fireworks, fights & 'Why Always Me': the highs and lows of Balotelli's Manchester City career in pictures

By Miles Chambers and Joe Doyle

Mario Balotelli has become one the most controversial characters in the Premier League and, although his Manchester City performances are not always up to scratch, you can depend on his antics to attract attention.

Ever since his arrival in England he has been making a name for himself on and off the pitch for his behaviour, both good and bad.

But the latest incident, a training ground clash with manager Roberto Mancini, is perhaps the most shocking of all. takes a moment to look back at the maddest moments of Balotelli’s time at the Etihad Stadium.

12 August 2010 – Balotelli signs for City

New Blue | Mario Balotelli, already with a reputation as a controversial character, signs for an estimated £20 million from Inter

2010-11 Season – Balotelli struggles for starting role

 Balo on the Bench | His potential was undisputed, but the striker was behind Carlos Tevez and, eventually, Edin Dzeko in the pecking order

August 16, 2011 – Mario loves Manchester

Manchester Love-in | After being quoted as saying that he is not a fan of Manchester, the colourful character scribbled over this t-shirt in a joking put-down of those who wondered whether he might be leaving the Etihad Stadium

October 22, 2011 – Bathroom fireworks

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