Manchester City and Italy international striker Mario Balotelli believes that Brazilian legend Ronaldo can help him in turning over a new leaf.
The 20-year-old was dropped from the Azzurri squad for their upcoming matches against Slovenia and Ukraine with coach Cesare Prandelli claiming that he needs help to avoid destroying his career.
The former Inter striker was also shown a red card against Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League while playing for Manchester City, leading to the exit of the Citizens from the competition.
Balotelli has been a controversial figure in football since his time at Inter and his behaviour both on the pitch and off it has seen him draw plenty of criticism.
The player himself has acknowledged that he needs to solve his problems and now claims that a meeting with Ronaldo could make him a better person.
“Introduce me to Ronaldo and I swear I’ll behave to the end of my playing career,” he told Le Iene television programme.
“I never met him, so you know when you see the idol of a lifetime it can change your way of thinking? There are many great players, but Ronaldo was the greatest and so one word from him is worth a thousand from the others.”
However, he was quick to add: “In any case, I already behave myself fairly well, but I’ll try to stop doing those stupid little things. It happens. You’ll soon see the real Mario on the field!”
Balotelli has been linked with a move back to Serie A in the summer with Milan and Napoli said to be interested, but he denies that he wants to leave Eastlands.
“I’d buy a house in Naples to go there on holiday, but not to play right now," he said. "I’m not heading to Milan either. I have a five-year contract in Manchester. Where do you think I’m going?”