Footage of Man City star criticizing Balotelli when he was only 10-year-old goes viral

Footage of Man City star criticizing Balotelli when he was only 10-year-old goes viral

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Footage of Phil Foden taking aim at former Manchester City player Mario Balotelli goes viral on social media
  • The England midfielder made those comments while aged just 10 in the club's academy
  • Foden is one of the leading lights under Pep Guardiola after capping off a remarkable rise through the academy at the club

An old video of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden criticizing Italian striker Mario Balotelli has gone viral on social media.

Manchester City star criticize Mario Balotelli as old footage goes viral
Foden was dropped for a match against Newcastle earlier this season after being pictured on a night out with Jack Grealish. Photo by Marc Atkins
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The viral footage shows a young Foden who was aged 10 taking aim at the former Manchester City forward while at the club’s academy.

Mario Balotelli spent three seasons at the Etihad stadium and was a member of incredible set of players that won City’s first league title under manager Roberto Mancini in the 2011/12 season with Argentine forward Sergio Aguero scoring with the last kick of the game to secure victory.

Balotelli was once dubbed “unmanageable” by his former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho because he regularly hit the headlines for his off-field antics.

The Sports Bible reports that the Italy international once drove into a women’s prison to “have a look around” and, in another famous incident, set off fireworks in his own home which caused a reported £400,000 worth of damage to his Cheshire mansion.

According to the Daily Mail, the now 21-year-old Foden during a trip to Italy with the Club’s academy was interviewed by a news station, and asked for his opinions on Balotelli.

'He's a good player but he's got a bad attitude off the pitch,' he said.

Balotelli, despite the chaos that appeared to follow him, enjoyed a successful spell with City. In 80 appearances, he scored 30 goals and recorded seven assists.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..