Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is one of many bosses who have tried, and struggled, to control former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
Mourinho was in charge of Inter Milan between 2008 and 2010, where he delivered the treble to the Nerazzurri faithful.
He also gave a teenaged Balotelli his first appearances for Inter’s first team. But, as is characteristic of Balotelli’s career, it wasn’t without incident.
In 2012, Mourinho hilariously recalled a time when the young striker listened attentively to the Portuguese manager’s instructions, before completely ignoring them.
“I could write a book of 200 pages of my two years at Inter with Mario, but the book would not be a drama – it would be a comedy,” Mourinho told CNN.
“I remember one time when we went to play Kazan in the Champions League. In that match I had all my strikers injured. No Diego Milito, no Samuel Eto’o, I was really in trouble and Mario was the only one.
“Mario got a yellow card in the 42nd minute, so when I got to the dressing room at half-time I spend about 13, 14 minutes of the 15 available speaking only to Mario.
“I said to him: ‘Mario, I cannot change you, I have no strikers on the bench, so don’t touch anybody and play only with the ball. If we lose the ball no reaction. If someone provokes you, no reaction, if the referee makes a mistake, no reaction.’
“The 46th minute – red card!”