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OGC Nice registered a 2-1 victory against Bordeaux on Sunday with the help of Mario Balotelli kick from the spot and a rare assist. The result put Les Aiglons sixteen points clear of fourth placed Lyon who has 51 points after 30 rounds of matches. It sounds like Balotelli revival at Nice will allow him to play in Champions League again.

It’s not bad for 26-year Italian to get the media attention, which also helped Nice to earn name for themselves. Nobody talks about any other French team except PSG, although Monaco is doing good this season as well. It’s Balotelli who has turned the media attention to French Ligue, and he has done justice with his performances.

Super Mario has earned 11 goals in Ligue 1 debut season, which is good indication of his revival under coach Lucien Favre. However, his disciplinary action is still a concern, but only two Red Cards can be justified in his particular case. It let us think, will Mario Balotelli be back at his best and earn a place in Italy national team, or he can play again for a Europe’s top ten team.

Gian Piero Ventura will consider him in Azzuri national team or not is a tough ask, but he doesn’t need to play in Europe’s top 10 team to prove his mark. He is enjoying his life in Nice and he can prove is worth playing in Europe again. Les Aiglons are sixteen points clear of fourth placed Lyon and their place in Champions League is almost certain. Super Mario can play next season in European games and prove his quality to the Europe. There is more than a year left for World Cup preparation, he may find a place in Italy national side as well.

Mario is a different character. His personal and professional life doesn’t mix well. We hope he finds a spirituality in himself and solace with his bad influence. He can revive his career; he has ten years of football left in him. Champions League next season is on cards, if he chooses to stay at Allianz Riviera and be faithful to them.


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