By Alex Taylor
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli wants to win the Ballon d’Or in his career despite his career plumbing new depths in recent years.
The former AC Milan forward joined the Reds in a £16million deal in August 2014.
Since his arrival at the club the 25-year-old has failed to live up to expectations, scoring just four goals in 28 appearances at the Merseyside outfit after being brought in to replace the departing Luis Suarez.
The Italy international missed out on this summer’s European Championships after suffering another wayward season in front of goal, bagging just three goals and providing one assist in Serie A this season while on loan to AC Milan.
“On a scale of one to 10, I have stopped at five but I’ll work my way to 10 slowly because that is where I want to get to,” Balotelli told Corriere della Sera. “‘I want to win the Ballon d’Or, although I realise that the last two years of my career haven’t helped and have kept me closer to five than 10.”
“I thought I’d done enough but now I’ve started to work seriously but the results haven’t arrived. I have changed in the last two years.”
The former Inter Milan goal-scorer has returned to Melwood to train under Jugen Klopp ahead of the new Premier League season but is now behind Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the pecking order, as well as Danny Ings and Christian Benteke.
The maverick centre-forward has enjoyed good spells in the Premier League before though, scoring 42 goals and notching seven assists in 93 appearance in all competitions in his three year spell with Manchester City