Balotelli and Melo returned to Juventus in Chile

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Retrieved 10 May 2020, 05:58 IST

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Mario Balotelli of Brescia

Mario Balotelli and Felipe Mello fired back in response to criticism from Juventus and Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Chilelini scolded his former teammates – accusing Juventus captain Balotelli of being a “negative person” and that the Italian forward deserved to be slapped during the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Baxia star Balotelli was back on social media on Saturday in a comment on Chilelini’s new autobiography.

Tagging Chellini, Balotelli wrote on Instagram, “At least I have the sincerity and courage to speak to your face.”

“You’ve had a lot of potential to act like a real person since 2013, but you haven’t. Who knows what you’ll say about your current teammates one day.

“A wonderful captain … I wouldn’t have liked to be one if I had been the champion. I never disrespect the azure shirt.”

Former Juventus team-mate Melo – the Brazilian midfielder who played as a Bianconeri from 2009 to 2011 – was more ruthless when the 35-year-old Chilean finally went to evaluate before joining Inter in Serie A.

“Worse was Philip Mello: the worst. He always had fights. I also told the managers: he’s a rotten apple,” Chileni wrote.

Mello – who now plays for Palmyra – told Gazeta dello Sport: “It will be interesting to know what he is referring to. I have no problem with his reaction.

“I never disrespected anyone in Turin, but he said that Balotelli deserved to be slapped and that I was the worst and always threatened to fight because of me.

“He always frustrated himself. I’m sorry, but it’s easy to say bad things about others in the book.

“Perhaps he is still angry because when I went to Galatasaray we knocked them out of the Champions League and with Brazil we beat Italy.

“He hasn’t won anything at the international level and saying something like that has made him look unprofessional.

“It shows a lack of respect and I won’t say anything more. Some things have to be in the dressing room.”