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Mario Balotelli: 'Why always me?'

Published 1606 GMT (0006 HKT) August 25, 2014
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Mario Balotelli is returning to English football with Liverpool after agreeing a move from AC Milan. Balotelli, who left Manchester City for Italy in January 2013, replaces Luis Suarez at Anfield. ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images/file
Balotelli, 24, scored 30 goals in 54 games for Milan and was an integral part of the Italy side which reached the final of the European Championships in 2012. Michael Regan/Getty Images
Balotelli, who was part of the Italy side which failed to get out of the group stage at the 2014 World Cup, endured a mixed time in the English Premier League. While he scored 30 goals in 80 appearances, a number of disciplinary issues affected his game. Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Balotelli scored the winning goal when Italy defeated England 2-1 at the World Cup in Brazil. He will now team up with Liverpool's English contingent which includes Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images
Balotelli is something of an online phenomenon with the forward boasting 2.84 million followers on Twitter, while also takes to Facebook to share various pictures with his fans. Mario Balotelli
Balotelli has been targeted by racists on many occasion during his time in Italian football. In May 2013, Balotelli told CNN he would leave the field of play if he suffered more racial abuse. Claudio Villa/Getty Images