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Mario Balotelli quotes

I don't like journalists and I hardly ever talk to them.

Racism springs from ignorance.

When I wasn't famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football.

When people talk about my business, my life, I'm really private. Maybe someone thinks I'm arrogant or something, but it's just me.

America is a great country. I've been in the south, in the center and in the north. I like it. Americans are very good people. There's just too much air-conditioning.

Is instinct in the head or in the heart? Off the field, I follow my good instincts which steer me in the right direction. Sometimes on the field my head leads me astray. That's what I believe.

When I decide to score, I score. I know I am strong, but I believe it is not enough yet. I can kick fine, dribble very well, but I still have to improve.

I believe I am more intelligent than the average person.

I don't follow politics; it doesn't interest me. So why should I vote?

It surprises me how much children like me, you know? If they look at me as an example, I have a big responsibility.

To play in atmospheres that are intense is when I play my best football.

When I lose my temper it's because I decide to. If I do something it's because I want to do it.

Even if I don't always behave as I should, this still doesn't explain why so many people have something against me. But you know how it is. A lot of people vent themselves by coming to the stadium to yell at me. I hope it's not racism. I tell myself that it's not racism; it's because I'm tough, and I repeat this to myself.

If I go out in the street and one guy gets a picture, then someone calls the press to say Mario was there. The day after in the press, it's, 'Mario was there'. That's normal, I just walk in town like a normal guy.

Inside me I'm Ghanaian, and I'm proud to be African. But of course I'm Italian. I was born in Italy. I've never been to Africa in my life, but I will go one day.

Sacrifice counts for a lot in sport. From a young age, I couldn't do the normal things that the boys of my age get to do. Maybe you have a nice car or a nice house, but at times you just want to be a normal guy and you can't.

What is important for me is that the people who know me for real know Mario how he really is. People who don't know me, they read newspapers and they watch TV. TV is made to give a lot of opinions... so I can't show the real Mario to everybody.

I am different - if you can find another like me, then I will buy you dinner!

My public image is absolutely not a fair reflection of who I am.

For me, my mother is everything.