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Italian promises fans will see 'the real Mario on the field' soon enough

Manchester City's controversial striker Mario Balotelli has claimed that his unpredicatable behaviour would be cured simply by meeting his idol, the recently retired Brazilian icon Ronaldo.

The latest in a string of bizarre events since arriving in Manchester was Balotelli's challenge on Goran Popov, earning him a straight red card against Dinamo Kiev in the Europa League and causing manager Roberto Mancini to publicly criticise the player.

The Italy international believes his antics would come to an end though, if he had the chance to meet Ronaldo.

Speaking on Italian TV, he said: “If you introduce me to Ronaldo, I swear I’ll behave until I give up playing football.

“I have never met him, but when you see the idol of a lifetime it can change you. It can change your way of being.

"I don’t know how I can explain it. There are many great players, but Ronaldo was the greatest and so one word from him is worth more than a thousand of all the others.”

Balotelli does not believe it will take much to sort out his problems, and has reasurred his fans that he plans to stay at City for the foreseeable future.

He continued: "In any case, I already behave myself fairly well, but I’ll try to stop doing those stupid little things, but these things happen.

“You’ll soon see the real Mario on the field!

"I have a five-year contract at Manchester - where am I going?

“I’d buy a house in Naples to go there on holiday, but not to play right now.”

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