London - Mario Balotelli has admitted that he never should
have joined Liverpool and even went as far as calling it the “worst decision”
he has ever made.
Balotelli joined the Reds from AC Milan for £16 million in
August 2014, but failed to make an impact, scoring just four times in 28
He soon fell out of favour with then manager Brendan Rodgers
and was loaned out to Milan last season.
Upon returning to Anfield this summer, it was clear that he
would not be part of current boss Jurgen Klopp’s plans. The 26-year-old instead,
opted to leave the Premier League side, joining Nice on a free transfer on
"Joining Liverpool was the worst decision of my life.
Apart from the fantastic fans and some players with whom I have an excellent
relationship, I did not like the club," Balotelli told Canal. "I had
two coaches at Liverpool, Rodgers and Klopp for a bit, I did not like their
methods and their personality. I never really felt well there.
"I am nothing like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] for example.
You could confront Zlatan with lions and he would still be calm. If you
surround him with good people, he will still be calm. That's the way he is.
"But I need to be more relaxed and have surroundings
that work for me."
In his Nice debut against Marseille on Sunday, Balotelli
stole the spotlight as he scored twice to lead his side to a 3-2 win.
With his tenure at Nice off to a fantastic start, Balotelli
said that he could win the Ballon d'Or in the next couple of years if he keeps
putting on such strong performances for the French club.
"It is not too late for me to win the Ballon
d'Or," he said. "I think I could have already won it by now, but I
might be able to win it within two to three years by working hard and staying
"Over the past two years, my work ethic has increased
from 10 percent to 80 percent. I have really started working hard over the past