Mario Balotelli Involved in Terrifying Car Crash Days After Declaring Himself Italy’s Best Striker

Mario Balotelli Involved in Terrifying Car Crash Days After Declaring Himself Italy’s Best Striker

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Mario Balotelli was involved in a major car crash on Thursday evening, November 23
  • The crash occurred in Brescia, with the striker back in Italy recovering from an injury
  • Balotelli recently made clear his intentions to return to his country's national set-up

Mario Balotelli survived a near-death experience after getting involved in a major car crash in Brescia, Italy.

The former Manchester City striker escaped unharmed but was spotted walking with difficulty after the incident.

Mario Balotelli, Brescia
Italy striker Mario Balotelli during a past match in 2022. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto.
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The accident is said to have happened around 8:30 pm on November 23 after he lost control of his Audi, ramming it into a wall.

Sky Sports Italia reports that the former Man City striker refused to take a breathalyser test after the police arrived at the scene, which led to the confiscating of his driver's license.

After the accident, it is reported that he crawled out of the car and lay on the ground as he waited for help.

The 33-year-old is back in Italy from his Turkish club, Adana Demirspor, as he recovers from an injury.

Balotelli aiming for Italy return

Earlier this week, the former Liverpool man declared his intentions to fight for a place in the Italian national team set-up, insisting he is the best striker the country has.

"If I’m well, I still consider myself the strongest. Did [Giacomo] Raspadori and [Gianluca] Scamacca play? How many shots did they take combined? Two? I want to recover and play for the national team. I always hope for the call," he said, as quoted by GOAL.

The Azzurri recently qualified for next year's European Championships, where they will be defending their title under the guidance of former Napoli boss, Luciano Spalletti.

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Balotelli opens up on joining PSG

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Balotelli discussing possibly joining Paris Saint-Germain, despite previously playing for their rivals, Olympique Marseille, during his diverse career.

When asked if they showed interest in joining the Parisians, the striker expressed an appreciation for the rivalry he witnessed during Le Classique clashes during his time in France.

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