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Jose Mourinho called him “unmanageable” at Inter Milan. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini ran out of patience with him. He lasted 18 months of his 4½-year contract at AC Milan.

Despite a history of controversy, red cards and underachieving too often, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believed Mario Balotelli was worth a £16 million gamble last summer. The dice were rolled and two months later, Balotelli is still looking for his first Premier League goal.

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