For all his flaws, Mario Balotelli is never one to be short of self-belief, and the Liverpool striker has remarkably set his sights on winning the Ballon d’Or.
The Italian has endured a miserable two years with Liverpool and on loan with AC Milan, scoring just two league goals in that time.
Long thought of as a potential world star with a poor attitude holding him back, Balotelli now finds himself back at Anfield as the club seemingly struggle to find a buyer for him this summer.
However, Balotelli insists he is a changed man after a difficult two years, and that he wants to get his promising career back on track.
‘I can do so much more but it takes time,’ he told Corriere della Sera. ‘On a scale of one to 10, I have stopped at five but I’ll work my way to 10 slowly because that is where I want to get to.
‘I want to win the Ballon d’Or, although I realise that the last two years of my career haven’t helped and have kept me closer to five than 10. I know that my goal is rather high and people may laugh.
‘But I know that I haven’t done everything I could do to become the best. The important thing is that I have understood that and it isn’t too late. I don’t want to end my career with regret about not having done everything possible [to achieve my goals].
‘Until two years ago, I was happy with what I had done, felt good and had no drive to improve. I thought I’d done enough but now I’ve started to work seriously but the results haven’t arrived. I have changed in the last two years.
‘Now, I hope my future is at Liverpool. Milan decided not to keep me but I’m sure there will come a time when Mario’s back again.’