Mario Balotelli mario. bLiverpool has signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan on Monday, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals.

Nineteen months after ending a 2 1/2-year spell with Manchester City to play for his boyhood club, Balotelli will return to the English Premier League as a replacement for Luis Suarez – another of world football’s talented but disruptive stars.

The club said in a statement: “Liverpool can confirm they have completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli, subject to registration. The 24-year-old sealed his switch to Anfield from AC Milan after passing a medical and agreeing a long-term deal to become the Reds’ ninth signing of the summer so far.”

The Italy striker tweeted the news of his signing minutes ahead of the official club announcement, saying: “YNWA! COME ON LIVERPOOL!”


Mario-BalotelliEngland must hope that Italy defeat Costa Rica this evening to have any chance of progressing to the second round, and Italy striker Mario Balotelli has revealed his demands should his team prevail – a kiss (on the cheek) from Her Majesty the Queen.   A Costa Rica victory, or a draw in the match between the teams at 5pm tonight, and then England are out.  The former Manchester City striker, who currently plays for AC Milan, tweeted immediately after England lost 2-1 to Uruguay:  “If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.”  The 23-year-old, who scored the winner against England last week, appears a calmer and more relaxed figure than he has been recently – the only real Balotelli story to have appeared from the Italian training camp has been of him filling the Italy page in his World Cup stickers book with pictures of himself.