Mario Balotelli Reported To Nice Training Two Weeks Late And Overweight

'Why Always Me?' Those words have come to sum up Mario Balotelli in a nutshell. Sometimes it's hard to suss out a character like Balotelli, especially when the lines between comedian and footballer are so transparent to him.

When the Italian moved to Nice after a turbulent career in the Premier League and second spell in Serie A, it seemed like he might have turned over a new leaf and started to become the hot prospect that many had tipped him to be.

However, we're talking about Balotelli, remember?

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

Apparently, the former Manchester City forward has landed himself in hot water with the French club, with reports suggesting that he didn't turn up to pre-season training.

According to the French newspaper L'Équipe (via GiveMeSport), Balotelli was much worse than most people would have expected -- or he was simply being him.

The 28-year-old striker had turned up to training weighing 100kg. In most places, that wouldn't be a big problem. We're talking about football, though, so Balotelli weighed 12kg more than his actual weight should have been.

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

And yes, Balotelli did turn up to training. As a matter of fact, it was two weeks after Nice players had reported for training.

"He didn't feel any need to be there, as he was negotiating his transfer to Marseille at the time," a Nice employee told L'Équipe.

"He knew he was suspended for the first three games of Ligue 1, so he wasn't in good shape."

It looks like the additional weight isn't helping his case with Nice manager Patrick Vieira.

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

"In the game against Lyon, you saw that he's not yet ready to play 90 minutes," he said. "He still has a lot of work to do."

"We'll have to be patient with him because, unfortunately, he didn't do the start of pre-season training.

"Regarding his attitude, he's good, he's working well. He's got a positive attitude. That's the most important thing."

Did you expect anything less from Balotelli?

Let us know in the comments.

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

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