Former Manchester City kitman Les Chapman has revealed crazy stories about Mario Balotelli's time at the club, from dressing room bust-ups to the famous 'why always me shirt' the stories only confirm Balotelli's reputation for exuberant madness.
Balotelli who was at Man City between 2010 and 2013 quickly developed a reputation for being the Premier League's madmam. His antics while at times controversial always seemed to be excused thanks to a rogue attitude that was by times hard not to admire.
Speaking to the Ninety Three Twenty Podcast recently, former City kitman Chapman revealed a host of crazy stories, one being City manager Roberto Mancini hurling a Louis Vuitton bag at Balotelli's head when he was sent off against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League
We played Dynamo Kyiv one night and he got sent off after about 20 minutes. So he's gone in the dressing room and I've followed and he's just sat there in front of his locker quietly, The next 10 seconds Mancini stormed into the dressing room, swearing and screaming at the top of his voice in Italian expletives, waving his arms around like a man possessed and just going beserk while the game's going on.
He turned to go back out to the game and saw one of the players' bags – Pantilimon's Louis Vuitton case – Mancini picked it up, turned and threw it at Balotelli's head. Mario's ducked and it's hit the back of his locker.
Mancini's run up to him again, screaming Italian expletives again and I'm thinking 'Hit him, Mario'. I'd stepped in between them thinking it's going to kick off. Then he just turned back and went to watch the game.
If that wasn't crazy enough Chapman also revealed he was Balotelli's partner in crime for his famous celebration during Manchester City's famous 6-1 thrashing of Man United, when Mario Balotelli revealed a shirt reading 'Why always me?' after he scored in the encounter.
This particular day Mario took me around and said "I want this printed on my shirt, what do you think?" I said yeah I'll print it up, but [I told him] you can't have anything that's offensive to United fans or anybody really.
He came out with one or two things and I said "No, Mario" and then he said "what about why always me?" As soon as he said it I thought that's just about perfect and then I got in trouble after the game.
After five minutes it had gone global so Mario said to me "Get onto Umbro, we want commission on this stuff being sold". So I rang Umbro and requested and they said "we can't do anything about it".
Well known for his glory-hunting on the pitch it's no surprise Mario Balotelli wasn't keen on Umbro making a fast buck on his actions.
The Italian won a Premier League with Man City in 2012, their first since 1968 however, we'll always remember Mario for his adventures off the pitch more than his time on it with Man City.
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