Balotelli’s sadness freezes bad boy image

Similar to having two sides to every story, there are two sides to Mario Balotelli.

Often portrayed as the notorious bad boy in football, nothing became more truthful and disquieting than the images flashed around the world of his eyes filling up with pure sorrow of Italy’s 4-0 Euro 2012 final loss to Spain.

It was a sight like no other: a contrast of two states of emotion- pure ecstasy lying parallel to the Azzurri disappointment.

While one side celebrated, Leonardo Bonucci was caught sobbing, Andrea Pirlo succumbed to the weight of emotions and battled to hold back the tears, but it was Balotelli, who once again,


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