I'm a Genius ..but It's Not Easy; WORLD ACCORDING TO COUNTDOWN THAT MAN BALOTELLI MARIO: IF YOU FIND ANOTHER LIKE ME, I'LL BUY DINNER!
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON
MARIO BALOTELLI has proclaimed himself to be a misunderstood genius.
Humility has never been Balotelli's strong point and he modestly claims God has blessed him with a rare talent.
The Manchester City striker, who is in Italy's Euro 2012 squad despite coach Cesare Prandelli having misgivings about the player's behaviour, says the downside to his marvellous ability is the criticism he receives from many quarters.
But Balotelli shrugs off their abuse and says he is not interested in them because they do not understand him.
"Yes, I think I am a genius, but not a rebel. I have my life, my world, I do what I want without annoying anyone," he said. "I am more intelligent than the average person.
"I am different. If you can find another like me, I will buy you dinner!
"That's because I have a talent only a few people have. The talent God has given me is beautiful, magnificent.
"But it's difficult to have because you are always confronted by others who are willing to judge you.
"Those who do not understand me don't interest me.
"It's said that geniuses are misunderstood. But maybe it is because the genius is so different that people are not capable of understanding them.
"But if you understand me, maybe you are also a genius."
Despite his claims to be a genius, Balotelli says he can improve as a player. The Italian is still only 21 and wants to be crowned the world's best player.
"My dream is to become the strongest footballer," he said.
"I know I am strong but, if I go on working, I know I can become much stronger. …