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Liverpool balls: ‘troubled’ Mario Balotelli’s ADHT, abandonment issues and kryptonite seatbelt

by | 20th, December 2014

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is the subejct of the Sun  story: “Kop star’s secret”:

TROUBLED Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has shown signs of suffering from attention deficit disorder since he was a youngster, SunSport can reveal.

Nice, eh. Balotelli, the man who holds down a good job and has no criminal record is “troubled”. And it;’s a “secret”, implying that he knows he’s “troubled” but doesn’t want you to know it, too.

The Italian’s mood swings and outrages have been a feature of his life on and off the field and have affected his career with Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan and now Liverpool.

In the old days, he’d have been a typical Italian footballer, albeit less prone to kicking opponents out of the game and boring the crowd to death than most.

But an expert’s study of his behaviour has drawn a more startling but obvious conclusion. He showed symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A recently-published biography on the striker in Italy, Balotelli A Cresta Alta (Balotelli The High Crest), reveals that Vincenzo Esposito, his former coach at Inter’s academy team, consulted with Giovanni Pasculli, an expert in sport psychology.

But there was no diagnosis of ADHT. It’s just one man’s hunch.

Anecdotes to sell the book are many:

Troubled: “We hid in a room to talk about a match and after ten minutes he started to get distracted, to move around.”

Crazed: “Once, I was talking to the boys to prepare them for an important match, he went away and came back licking an ice cream. They all started to laugh.”

Loopy: “Respect for hierarchy wasn’t his strong point.”

Teacher Michele Cavalli, who coached Balotelli at the Leonardo da Vinci school in Brescia between 2003 and 2005, adds:

Bonkers: “I’d regularly see behind my back a shot hitting the crossbar with precision and Mario, without even turning

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