Balotelli deserves a slap, Melo ‘a rotten apple’


Retrieved 09 May 2020, 16:50 IST

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Brescia forward Mario Balotelli

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has launched a blocking takedown, accusing former Italy teammate Mario Balotelli of being “a negative person”.

The pair have been teammates for the Azure team for several years, while Balotelli was a wonderful young striker who was ready to achieve great things.

In a new autobiography, Chillini writes, shaking his former colleague: “Balotelli is a negative person, without respect for the squad.

“At the Confederations Cup, in 2013, he didn’t give us a hand in anything, something that deserves a slap.”

During the Q&A tournament, Balotelli scored twice in the group stage, including a penalty, before he was knocked out of the semifinals by Spain, who beat Italy on penalties, due to a hamstring injury.

Balotelli was a Milan player at the time and has since been sprayed with Liverpool, Nice and Marseille, with Brescia being the last stop of his illustrious career.

The 35-year-old Chilean was even more ruthless when evaluating Brazilian midfielder former Juve teammate Philippe Mello from 2009 to 2011.

“Worse was Philip Mello: the worst. There was always a fight with him. I also told the managers: He’s a rotten apple,” Chilini wrote.

In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper on Saturday, he backed up his comments, saying: “I’m sure, but I have no grudge and I’m not interested in it either. If I have to share something with them, I will.”

“I’m not everyone’s best friend, but they’ve both just crossed acceptable boundaries.

“The problem for me is if you play well, badly or you don’t have to go out sometimes in the evening, but if you lack respect and there’s nothing in it, once upon a time, well, if it’s repeated, it’s not.”