24 Oct 2011

City manager says eccentric Balotelli can be top player

11:18 am on 24 October 2011

Manchester City football manager Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli can be one of the world's top three players if he can cut out his eccentric behaviour

The striker's two goals has inspired a 6-1 rout of Manchester United in their local derby English Premier League game at Old Trafford.

Balotelli is currently staying in a hotel after setting his house ablaze by letting off fireworks indoors over the weekend.

The volatile forward picked up multiple red and yellow cards last season and honed a "bad boy" reputation off the field.

Mancini says he hopes for Balotelli, for football in general, the day that Mario changes his mindset he will become one of the best players in the world, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.