Barcelona legend defends Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli
Johan Cruyff says Mario Balotelli's former clubs haven't helped his education
Johan Cruyff believes Mario Balotelli’s former clubs have to accept blame for the Italy striker’s poor behaviour in the past.
The 24-year-old earned a recall to Antonio Conte’s side for the international break despite failing to score in nine Premier League games.
It’s too simplistic to say, ‘He doesn’t behave well’. But one should follow that up with, ‘Why is that?’
Balotelli has earned a bad-boy reputation after controversy-ridden spells at Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan.
But former Barcelona manager Cruyff is adamant that Balotelli wasn’t properly educated by his former employers.
“We always speak about people but I like to speak about the education of people,” Cruyff said.
“How have they educated him [Balotelli] in the clubs he has played for?
“It’s too simplistic to say, ‘He doesn’t behave well’. But one should follow that up with, ‘Why is that?’
“If it is down to education, how is it possible that he has played for Italian clubs for the past five or six seasons and he doesn’t behave well?
“For me it’s the fault of the team not of the person.”
Balotelli completed a £16m move to Liverpool from Milan in August.