MARCO MATERAZZI has revealed that he handed out ” beating” to then Inter Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli after the Champions League semi-final in 2010.
Fiery Italian and Inter Milan duo Mario Balotelli (left) and Marco Materazzi had it out in 2010 after the previous’s Champions League antics
Nonetheless, the sport is usually remembered for Balotelli‘s petulance on the full-time whistle after his lacklustre show off the bench.
Monza star Balotelli, solely 19 on the time, threw down his shirt on the finish of the 90 minutes inflicting uproar among the many Inter trustworthy and far to the displeasure of no-nonsense Italian defender Materazzi.
On Instagram dwell, Materazzi recalled: “I gave him beating, it is true. I like Mario, however he actually deserved it that day.
“We have change into associates once more now, virtually brothers, however he did one thing that day that he actually mustn’t have achieved. Throwing his shirt to the bottom after the ultimate whistle wasn’t even the worst of it.
“Earlier than the sport, on the crew bus, he instructed us: ‘In the present day I’ll play badly,’ so I promised to make him pay if he did.
“When he got here off the bench, he tried a shot from midfield fairly than go on the counter. Diego Milito wished to kill him.
“We believed in Mario, he scored many targets and contributed to the victory, however every week after that, I requested Mourinho to place me towards Balotelli within the coaching floor video games between ranks.
“After a couple of seconds, I might despatched him again to the dressing room.”
Inter Milan’s striker Mario Balotelli chucked his shirt to the ground on his method off the pitch towards Barcelona
The unorthodox relationship between team-mates clearly did no harm to Inter as they went on to win the treble that season, together with a 2-0 Champions League ultimate conquer Bayern Munich in Madrid.
Materazzi’s disciplining of Balotelli might have made him seem to be a father determine for the precocious younger expertise.
However the defensive ace – notorious for being on the receiving finish of Zinedine Zidane‘s headbutt throughout Italy’s 2006 World Cup ultimate victory – reserved particular reward for Balotelli’s personal father.
He mentioned: “I actually liked his father, as after a sport with Rubin Kazan he instructed Mario: ‘I did not like your efficiency, you need to play extra in your team-mates.
And cease going round with ladies!’ What an idol.”
Since his spell with Inter, Balotelli has went on to play for Manchester Metropolis, Milan, Liverpool, Good, Marseille and Brescia.
Balotelli accepted a £220,000-a-year wage – a fraction of his £100,000-a-week wages whereas at Anfield.