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Fireworks, fights & 'Why Always Me': the highs and lows of Balotelli's Manchester City career in pictures

Fireworks, fights & 'Why Always Me': the highs and lows of Balotelli's Manchester City career in pictures

Eamonn & James clarke

Goal.com takes a look in images at the maddest moments in the Italian striker’s time at the Etihad Stadium after his training ground bust-up with Roberto Mancini

By Miles Chambers and Joe Doyle

Mario Balotelli has become one the most controversial characters in the Premier League and, although his Manchester City performances are not always up to scratch, you can depend on his antics to attract attention.

Ever since his arrival in England he has been making a name for himself on and off the pitch for his behaviour, both good and bad.

But the latest incident, a training ground clash with manager Roberto Mancini, is perhaps the most shocking of all. Goal.com takes a moment to look back at the maddest moments of Balotelli's time at the Etihad Stadium.

12 August 2010 - Balotelli signs for City

New Blue | Mario Balotelli, already with a reputation as a controversial character, signs for an estimated £20 million from Inter

2010-11 Season - Balotelli struggles for starting role

 Balo on the Bench | His potential was undisputed, but the striker was behind Carlos Tevez and, eventually, Edin Dzeko in the pecking order

August 16, 2011 - Mario loves Manchester

Manchester Love-in | After being quoted as saying that he is not a fan of Manchester, the colourful character scribbled over this t-shirt in a joking put-down of those who wondered whether he might be leaving the Etihad Stadium

October 22, 2011 - Bathroom fireworks
Firework frenzy | Media reports emerged that the Italy international had set fire to his bathroom with fireworks on the day before the Manchester derby ...

23 October 2011 - 'Why Always Me?'

Mario Revenge | ... however, Balotelli had the last word on those who criticised his antics by scoring in the 6-1 demolition of rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford

Winter 2011-12 - Late-night mischief

City Claus | From reportedly dressing up as Santa Claus and handing out money to being out after curfew before important City clashes, the Italian's name was regularly on everybody's lips

27 February 2012 - Dropped from Italy side

Dropped | Mario Balotelli was dropped by current Italy national-team manager Cesare Prandelli because of his rash challenges and tendency to lose control of his emotions

27 March 2012 - Balotelli crashes Inter press conference

Milan madness | Despite orders from Mancini to keep a low profile, the Italian swings by the Inter offices to interrupt new coach Andrea Stramaccioni's press conference for no discernible reason

23 April 2012 - Fling with Rooney's escort

Escort Fling | Super Mario reportedly had a brief fling with escort Jenny Thompson, who was alleged to have previously slept with married Manchester United frontman Wayne Rooney

December 2012 - Manchester City tribunal

A Fine Mess | Balotelli was fined two weeks' wages for his poor discipline over the 2011-12 season, but took City to court over the decision - though he did later drop his case, stating his respect for Roberto Mancini. However......

3 January 2013 - Mancini training ground bust-up

Handbags at 10 Paces | Balotelli's latest controversy is the clash with Mancini, after the manager reacted furiously to the striker's late tackle on Scott Sinclair in training.

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